HOW QUICKLY DO WE FORGET?

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“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” (Psalm 106:13 NIV)

We forget too quickly.  We forget too quickly what God has done for us.  When we are in the valley and life is overwhelming us, we cry out to God.  He answers.  He provides.  He helps us out of the valley. He gets us back on stable ground.  Once we are on solid ground again, feeling good, we quickly forget God.  We go back to doing what we were doing until we end up in the valley again, which is inevitable.  That’s when we once again remember God. We forget too quickly what God has done for us.

We forget too quickly what God has done for us.

The entire Bible is a collection of authors, writing down what God has done for them.  Over and over again in it’s pages we see people calling on God for help.  He helps them, then they immediately go back to their sinful ways.  Yet God still loved them, and He still loves us, even when we forget.

When I was single, I forgot God quickly when I was in a relationship.   I’d forget what He says about premarital relationships.  I’d forget what He says about marriage and its sanctity.  I’d forget quickly.  Until the relationship went south, then once again I’d call on God.  

I finally realized, this was not working.  I remember the moment I decided I was going all in with God.  I was going to do it His way. I was done forgetting Him.  No more sleeping around.  God taught me some of the most valuable lessons of my life because of that decision.  The first gentleman I met in church pressured me quickly to sleep with him.  I didn’t.  When he finally realized I was serious, he informed me of all the other women who were currently sleeping with him.  I had no idea.  I thought we were exclusive.  I was very wrong.  If I hadn’t put God first in that relationship, I would have never known.  I’ve never forgotten that lesson.

We forget too quickly what God has done for us, when we do, we miss His plan.  I would have missed His plan if I had done what I always did.  I wouldn’t be married to the love of my life, if I’d forgotten God back then.  When we remember God and all He has done, we’ll wait in anticipation for His plan to unfold for us.  And when His plan unfolds, we’ll be glad we remembered Him.

Question of the Day:

What is something God has done for you in the past that strengthens your relationship with Him today?

Further Reading: 1 Samuel 5:1-7:17 NIV, John 6:1-21 NIV, Psalm 106:13-31 NIV, Proverbs 14:32-33 NIV

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