linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “forget”
Why is it so easy to forget?
I hope it’s not just me. I start the day reading the Bible and God seems close, I feel his presence as I join with others in worship, I sit in silence and hear his gentle whisper, I see his power at work, answering prayer and changing circumstances.
But then life takes over. And in the busyness and the stresses and the challenges it is easy to forget. To forget that God is walking with me, to forget that he has a plan, to forget to turn to him instead of trying to handle life by myself.
The people of Israel were the same. They had seen God’s amazing power saving them from slavery in Egypt and opening a path through the Red Sea but before long they were complaining of hunger and making a golden calf to worship.
When they finally reached the Promised Land, Moses warned the people that it was important not to forget:
“For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 8:12-14)
As they crossed over the River Jordan into the land, Joshua got them to bring stones from the river to build a memorial so that they would not forget, and so that they would not forget to tell the next generation about what God has done.
I also need these reminders. Two things that have helped me recently are:
- beginning a gratitude book- taking time each day to note down a few blessings and to thank God for them.
- memorising Bible verses- I have chosen some verses that fit with my word for the year and as well as having them in my mind it has helped the message to sink deeper into my heart and I have found the verses coming into my mind throughout the day.
What about you? What helps you to make sure you don’t forget what God has done?