When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God…Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God…(Deuteronomy 8:10,11)
Forget! How many times I say to myself, “Don’t forget to….” To forget is to fail to remember. It can also mean “to treat with inattention or disregard.” Sometimes forgetfulness can have deadly consequences. I once heard the story of a busy doctor who forgot to drop off his tiny infant at day care on his way to work. Tragically, the baby was left in his car seat and had perished in the heat by the time the stricken father remembered him.
We need to be mindful about the things in life that matter most. Throughout the Bible, God continually encourages us to remember His Word. But God knows we’re flawed. Since the fall of man, our human hearts have a propensity to stray. We tend to forget both our Maker and His ways.
God trained the children of Israel to depend on His care during their forty years of wilderness wandering. He allowed them to experience hunger. He then taught them to depend upon Him as their Source and Provider, miraculously satisfying them with manna in the desert.
After they reached the Promised Land, God warned them not to forget Him during times of plenty. Sound familiar? Reflect on God’s Word in Deuteronomy 8 and ask yourself whether you are inclined to forget God when you are satisfied and full of life’s blessings.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Deuteronomy 8:10-14)
God gives us three simple tips on how to keep Him front and center during times of plenty:
2. Be intentional. Saturate your heart in God’s Word each morning. Obey His instructions. Be a doer of the Word.
3. Reflect on how God worked in the past. Don’t forget your spiritual history. Tell the stories of God’s faithfulness.
Lord, I come to you with a heart that wants to remember Keep me close to Your heart. You have promised me that if I will seek You first, everything else will fall into place. -Amen