“They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt—such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.” Psalm 106:21-22
How do you remember things best, whether it is events, lists, or things that have happened in your life? Do you write them down? Do you capture it with pictures? Do you post it on your wall or mirror? Do you write it in your phone? We have all these ways we can remember things that happen, are going to happen, or that we need to do. But how do we remember an invisibly visible God? How do we remember a God who is active in our lives, yet who can sometimes feel hidden? For me, it is writing and blogging. I write out lists and reminders on notes or I write them in my phone with an alarm to remind myself. I blog events, lessons, or however God reveals himself to me, and occasionally, I will go back and read them to remember the good things He has done in my life. But still I find it easy to “forget” God.
Sometimes it is easy for life to cloud our view and cause us to forget where God has taken us from, how far he has taken us, or the good deeds he has done. In Psalms 106, the psalmist starts out by saying, “Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise him enough?” (Ps. 106:1-2) He then goes on to talk about the many times that Israel turned away from God, causing His anger to burn against them, but still He spared their lives. When the psalmist comments that, “They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things…” he was retelling about the golden calf which Aaron made for the Israelites while Moses was receiving the laws of God. God had just completely, miraculously rescued the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and displayed His mighty power at the Red Sea. Still, they turned to a man-made god of gold. If we look at the rest of the story from generation to generation, the Israelites forget or flat-out ignore God often. And I wonder how many times we forget, too.
How many times do our lives and our desires become the golden calf? How many times do we forget to honor the One who saved us? How many times do we forget who God is in our lives? The word for forgot in Psalm 106 also means, “to ignore, wither, or cease to care.” If God says to do something, like waking up early to ready your heart with His presence, but you ignore it, you are forgetting who God is for you. If you slowly, over time, begin talking with God less and less and your faith begins to wither away, you are forgetting who God is for you. If you just don’t care about going to church, reading His word, or talking with Him, you have forgotten who God is for you. And when we forget God, our faith crumbles and withers with it, creating an easy target for the arrows of the enemy.
You may be thinking that you could never forget God. And to a certain degree, I think you would be right. There is something about God that always lingers in the background of our mind. But don’t we often live our lives as if God isn’t looking, caring, or active in it? Isn’t that forgetting God, too? We, myself included, have to remind ourselves of the good things God has done. In remembering God’s past work in our lives, we find strength and faith for our current situations.
May we declare today, “I will remember!” and repent for our forgetfulness. May we rejoice and give thanks to God for all the good deeds he has done. Write them out. Post them on your wall. Remind yourself of God’s wonderful work that you may never forget. Remember Him and give thanks!
My challenge is for you to sit and remember. Do it before you finish the devotional steps below. Remember the miracles. Remember your salvation story. Remember all God has saved you from or out of. Remember His faithfulness. Remember His goodness. Remember His loving kindness. Pause and Remember for as long as you would like, and let the praises to your King overflow and give you strength and faith for whatever lies ahead of you.