"And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him."
This seems a little depressing. We want great blessings from the Lord, but when we get them, we forget him and stop listening to him, and so we have to have bad things happen just to remind us sometimes... that we aren't supermen and doing this all for ourselves. We *need* God.
What strikes me today though is that it doesn't have to be depressing. We can change. We don't need to be the people described in these verses. We can be the exceptions... the exceptional.
The scriptures are in front of us, and at least one of the reasons that they are is to show us that there are and were people, throughout the history of the world, that lived a different way... and that we can too. We can be the people that set the example. That remember God always, in the good times and the bad times. The people who never blame him for the bad things while congratulating ourselves for the good things. The people who never forget him. Today, let's take this warning to heart, and let's remember God today, and include him in our lives. Let's trust God and live lives consistently dedicated to him... thanking him for his infinite goodness, and never forgetting him, in good times or bad.