Friday, July 14, 2017

Are you forgetting something?

Have you ever kicked yourself for forgetting something important?  Not literally kicking yourself, because that would be physically challenging to do it correctly, but mentally saying, "UGH!  I can't believe I forgot about that."

As Christians, we often forget the most significant things.   And the sad thing is that we are not the first God-followers to do that.   Some of the coolest things that God ever did He did for the Isrealites in the book of Exodus.  The Psalmist reminds us of what happened in Psalm 78:

They forgot what he had done—    marvels he’d done right before their eyes.He performed miracles in plain sight of their parents    in Egypt, out on the fields of Zoan.He split the Sea and they walked right through it;    he piled the waters to the right and the left.He led them by day with a cloud,    led them all the night long with a fiery torch.He split rocks in the wilderness,    gave them all they could drink from underground springs;He made creeks flow out from sheer rock,    and water pour out like a river.  
All they did was sin even more,    rebel in the desert against the High God.They tried to get their own way with God,    clamored for favors, for special attention.They whined like spoiled children...

God couldn't have done much more to show them that He was God and that He was going to get them through the mess they were in.  Splitting the sea, splitting rocks, providing food and drink from nothing...

And their response?  They sinned even more, they rebelled, they tried to manipulate God, and they whined like spoiled children.

Why?  Because they forgot what God had done.

If you are in the middle of a difficult season, it isn't your first is it?  Remember the last one?  What did God do for you?   Don't forget...

Don't respond like the Israelites!   Remember, God's got you like He did before.  He will always have you.  He never changes.

If you are going to forget things, don't forget this one thing:  God is faithful.  He always has been and He always will be.

So avoid the path of the Egyptians... don't sin, rebel, manipulate or whine.

Just remember.

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