Forget It….or Not

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I serve an awesome and faithful God who grants me grace and mercy that I never deserve.  He has shown me His love when I felt unlovable.  His peace comforted me in the midst of turmoil.  I have been abundantly provided for even when I had nothing to give in return.  He has been my Shepherd when I was lost, my Healer when I was sick, and my Savior from my sins.

I could go on and on about how God has blessed my life, but the sad reality is that while I can infinitely list all He has done for me, I still forget.  My strength starts to feel sufficient for my needs.  Pride rises like a fever.  I start tallying up my own accomplishments as if I were competing with God for who has better control over my life.  I forget.  All that He has done, everything he has promised flees my memory like a bout of amnesia and I forget.

I love reading the Old Testament and discovering God’s plans for His people.  The Israelites are more like me each time I read because they were blessed beyond measure and then mistakenly turned back to their old ways of exalting a sinful nature that only brings demise.  Just like me.  Over and over in Scripture, God “works all things out for good” for His people, and over and over again they excuse God’s blessings as yesterday’s left overs.

God reminds the Israelites so many times in the Old Testament to not forget.

“be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.”–Deuteronomy 6:12

“Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!”–Deuteronomy 8:15

“Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods.”–2 Kings 17:38

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”–Psalm 103:2

“My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.”–Psalm 3:1

Just to name a few…..

I am so grateful that God was patient with His people, because He is patient with me.  I so easily cast out all memories of the God who created me, sustains me, and loves me.  I continually find myself asking God to remind me, jolt my memory, and un-fog my brain to be more in tune with all that He has done for me.  Even if all that God ever did for me was sacrifice His Son to offer atonement for my sins, that would be enough.  But…

THAT’S NOT ALL.  Not even close.  I can only be as effective in my witness as He wants me to be if I am accurately recounting His blessing in my life.  The best part is that I should never be able to complete this list because His mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:23).  Great is His faithfulness!  Don’t forget all that God has done for you.

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One Comment

  1. Suzanna Hanham
    Posted January 30, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    How challenging and encouraging!

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