Sunday, December 4, 2016

Deuteronomy 6:12 -- On Remembering the Lord

"Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage."
Deuteronomy 6:12

This chapter goes through lots of great things that the Lord has done for us in the past, and talks about keeping the commandments and getting things from the Lord that we haven't necessarily earned, because he has been gracious to us and blessed us abundantly.  This verse in in here as a warning to us.  We have the scriptures to enlarge our memories, but even in our personal lives, we have seen the hand of God.  Unfortunately, it is really easy to forget God as we allow ourselves to get distracted by so many little details of life, or our personal hobbies/addictions, or worry about health or personal disaster or whatever.

Why is it even important to remember the Lord?  For one because the Lord is the one that can make us into better people and get us to the happy ending.  He can make us into the heroes that we could never be without him.  We can't do any of that alone.  But also because God and his gospel are our reminder to focus on long-term goals rather than short-term goals.  When we start to let our prayers slide and forget to read our scriptures, we are slipping into kind of a blindness, like we're put blinders on ourselves, but in an awful way.  Instead of preventing distraction and keeping us on God's path, they do the opposite.  Like a blizzard, our self-imposed blinders obscure the path ahead, only letting us see the edges of the road, as we slowly drift out of our own lane and onto an exit, or a patch of ice.

Today, in order to avoid the tragedy of forgetting God, from whom all of our blessings come, let's take some time to step back from distractions and the chaotic, obscuring blizzards of life, and read and ponder God's word.  Let's pray; let's remember and write the impressions that come to us about the gospel.  Let's set some reminders in our lives of what really matters.

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