REMEMBER GOD

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In Deuteronomy 8, God reminds His people of how He had looked after them in the wilderness. He reminds them of the manna that He fed them with (vs 3) and how their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell up (vs 4). From verse 6-9, God then paints a beautiful picture of all the blessings and wealth that awaited them in the Promised Land. From verse 11-18 however, He warns them not to forget His goodness, once they begin to enjoy those same blessings. He says, “Be careful that you don’t forget the Lord your God” (8:11) and warns them in verse 17, ‘you may say to yourself,” My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me”. In fact, the word ‘forget’ is mentioned 3 times and the word ‘remember’ once, in that portion of scripture.

It amazes me how easily people forget God’s blessings. So often He blesses them when they cry out to Him but they don’t have time for Him thereafter. I have prayed with people for suitable employment but once they get the blessing, their office work, and not God, gets all their time and commitment. I have prayed with others for healing; but once their health is restored, they go after worldly pursuits with no time for God! Sad, but often true!

Another way we forget God’s goodness is that in spite of all His blessings, we look at others blessings and begin to grumble at what we think we lack, in comparison. For many years God was Israel’s King and provided for the Nation. However, in I Samuel 8, Israel unashamed asks for a human King of their own, to keep pace with the Nations around them. They were asking for trouble and boy, didn’t they get it! They forgot God’s goodness.

In many ways we have allowed people to come into our lives and we hold them up as our godly kings and queens, and we find that like the Israelites we too are very much in trouble. We do not have to know these people personally, but from a distance we have accepted them, made them our idols, and when they fall, we fail once again. We only see their fame and riches and want what they have no matter how we get it. We put God on the shelf until we need him again, and pursue what we want by any means necessary. Once that fails, we remember God and begin to cry to him again, and through his grace and mercy he hears and answers. This continued behavior is foolish for doing the same thing wrong continuously, and looking for a different result is the sign of a fool.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Solomon was the most intelligent man in the world and fully understood that we must have wisdom and instruction, and that comes from God.   So why are we failing and falling, we must see that we have put our faith and trust in the wrong place. God raises one man and brings down another at his discretion. We cannot barter with God; nor can we beg and cry once we are set on a path of self-destruction, lies, deception, and deceit. James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” The blessings of God comes once we make him first in our life, and in everything we do.

We must remember how God has brought us through many circumstances in our life, and we should never turn our back on him. It was God who provided provisions when we did not know how we would pay our bills, or even get a job. It was God who took care of us when man or woman said “No” I cannot help. Remember the One who holds our hand; holds us up with his right-hand of righteousness, the strong tower, our Alpha and Omega, our Rose of Sharon, the sweet smell in our nostrils early in the morning, God lifted us when all else had failed it was God who lifted us. We must not continue to be a fool seeking after that which is temporary, but seek God who is a permanent force in our life. I want to remind us as we seek a better and more fulfilling life to simply remember God.

Heavenly Father, thanking you this morning for a new dawn, new mercies, and your grace and mercy. Truly without you we would be nothing, and simply would not know how to live a life of peace, love and joy. Without you showing us how to live and to love, we would have just missed it. We are grateful for the wisdom you have provided over the years, and have learned to ask for wisdom in every area of my life. We thank you Lord for even when we have missed the mark, you have not let go of our hand; the times we have fallen and felt as though we could not get up, you were there to pick us up, Lord we are so grateful. We pray for family and friends this morning, those without hope, sick and shut-in, the ones who are oppressed, people who are locked up and locked down, the enemies of our soul, the leaders who have rule over the lands, children and widows and orphans who are without today, Lord have mercy! More grace Heavenly Father, more grace for those who do not know you in the pardon of their sins, more grace on the military who fight to protect our lands, more grace on those of us who do not know what to pray, more grace Lord more grace. Amen and Amen

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