Are you a person who is constantly misplacing things? Your keys, glasses, watch; the list could be a long one. I have been guilty of being in such a hurry that I will lay something down and then not have a clue where I put it. I could save myself a lot of time and anguish if I would s-l-o-w down and be more aware of where I leave things; including my heart.
When I allow myself to become so focused on worldly things I am deliberately forgetting God. That statement hurts!! It hurts even more admitting to being so occupied with daily routines that my focus is taken away from God and put onto myself. When this happens it doesn’t take too long before I feel a void. I feel the emptiness of my hurriedness and my preoccupation of things.
In the Old Testament they were warned over and over not to forget God’s covenant or what he had previously done for them. Following are just a few warnings on the subject.
Isa 65:11-12 “But as for you who forsake the Lord and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
Deut 4:23 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.
Ps 78:42-43 They did not remember his power — the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.
2 Kings 17:38-39 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”
Ps 78:11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.
Ps 106:13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.
I am gratefully refreshed by scripture and I’m also reminded of what is really important. Regardless of how stressful life can be at times this verse reminds me I have not suffered as He suffered. Heb 12:4-6 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
This verse encourages me to keep on keeping on – James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.
This verse reminds me against pride of possessions – Deut 8:10-15 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.
And finally, I pray this verse will be daily in my heart – Ps 103:2-5 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.