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Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)
Please tell me I’m not the only person struck with the disease of forgetting. Do you ever forget:
To call a friend?
An important meeting?
To pay a bill?
Where you put the car keys?
Details that happened yesterday, last week, or last year?
I hope you answered yes to at least one.
Sometimes we even feel as though people forget about us. And sometimes they do. Or, we wonder if God has forgotten us. But He never does. The only thing the Lord forgets about us is our sin (Isaiah 43:25).
So, what’s the worst forget-me-not blunder?
Forgetting God and His mighty works. God’s people fell prey to the disease multiple times in the Bible. If we recap the Exodus story out of Egypt, the script reads like this.
God divided the seas. They soon forgot. The Lord split rocks, gushing with drinking water. They didn’t remember. He led them with a cloud at day and a fiery light at night. They forgot His works. Manna rained down from heaven at His command. They grumbled. The Lord God defeated their enemies. They worshipped other gods. God redeemed them. Still, His abundant and steadfast love slipped from their minds.
In present day, God’s people are also guilty of a forgetting-God tragedy. Even after His many wonders and works in our lives. When we chase after idols, worry about what-ifs, put people and things above God, look to the world for wisdom or find shelter and comfort in anything besides the Lord. It means we forget God.
Our focal passage gives us three do-not-forget safeguards. Do not forget the things we have seen. Do not let God’s works slip from our heart. And do not fail to remind ourselves and tell the next generations.
Never forget all the Lord our God has done on our behalf.
- moved mountains
- parted seas
- sent daily bread
- defeated our enemies
- provided living water
- led us in the darkness and light
- redeemed us by His blood
And He continues to lead us through the wilderness until the Promised Land is in eyesight and ours again.
Father, While I often forget things about my daily life, help me to not forget You. Help me to remember all the great things You have done on my behalf, to never let them slip away from my heart, and to tell them to the next generations. In the name of Jesus. Amen.