September 2022 Devotion
There are some things that God does not want us to forget. In fact, forgetfulness is a very dangerous spiritual condition that is offensive to God. All who forget God have never feared him or no longer fear him and are in danger of his wrath and judgment.
Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
He does not want us to forget His judgments. God put a reminder in the sky after the rain. The rainbow is a reminder of how He brought a worldwide flood to wipe out the earth’s inhabitants because the “...wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of his heart was only evil continually,” (Genesis 6:5). Sin was judged and punished that day, but the just were spared.
Remember also how the judgment of God literally fell on Sodom and Gomorrah in the form of fire and brimstone (Genesis 19:25). The judgment and wrath of God fell on their inhabitants because they were exceeding sinners (Genesis 13:13). They did not get away with their sin.
Recall also how grumbling, complaining, and other sins kept the children of Israel out of the Promised Land. They wandered for 40 years in the barren wilderness until all of the generation responsible for their sin had died. When the last perished, the new generation was permitted into the promised land. Sin kept many from the blessings of God.
In the Bible, there are many stories of how people fell into sin, and how they suffered loss because of it. Those stories are there for our learning and we are not to make the same mistakes. Do not forget; there is a price tag on sin.
God does not want us to forget His Word. In Numbers 15, while the children of Israel were still in the wilderness, a man broke God’s law and gathered sticks on the Sabbath. The Lord ordered the man to be put to death. God had all the children of Israel sew “fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations… (Numbers 15:32-40),” so they would not forget this harsh lesson. This was done to “…remember all the commandments of the Lord. (v. 39)” We are to know and remember God’s Word.
A friend of mine once asked me what was the most influential and best book that I had in my personal library. He was probably referring to authors and commentaries, however, I immediately responded that the best and most influential book in my library is the Bible. That book has brought revival, changed lives and nations, and saved millions from a burning hell. Although there are many helpful books in my library, the only words that are eternally important, and from the mouth and mind of the One who can save to the uttermost are found in the inspired Word of God.
We also are not to forget His miracles and doings. Of the 146 times the word “remember” is used in the KJV, 26 of them are in reference to recalling what God had done in the past.
After God had parted the mighty Jordan River, Joshua was instructed to leave a reminder of God’s mighty deed. An altar of 12 rocks was constructed in the center of the river from rocks from the Promised Land. Rocks from the center of the river were taken out and used in making a reminder on the side where they had lodged the first night. There were two reminders left for the following generations of sons and daughters. Years later, when someone asked the meaning of the pile of stones, the great deeds of God were rehearsed in the ears of those who inquired. We are to remember what God has done for us.
If we will remember what He has done for us in the past, we will find quick encouragement when needed for today. Recall the times that we called out, and He responded. Recollect the times when there was no other hope, but God came through. Remember, if He did it before He will do it again.
We are also not to forget Jesus. Recalling the scriptures and remembering Jesus are one and the same because Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus (John 1:1-14). When God’s only Son, Jesus, took the unleavened bread, broke it, gave thanks, he said “… This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) He wants us to remember Him. Remember His example. It was for us that he died and suffered death. It was for us he was mocked and scourged. It was His love for us that provided our future in heaven, if we trust His finished work on the cross for our salvation.
We are not only called upon to just remember God’s word, we are called upon to be doers of the word. (James 1:22-24) Those that only hear the Word prove to be self-deceivers. We only practice what we truly believe and those who do not practice the Word of God do not truly believe it. Let us not forget God’s judgments, His Word, His mighty deeds and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” Psalms 73:28
Rev. J.R. Childers