Friday, January 20, 2017

Deuteronomy 32:18 -- On Remembering God

"Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee."
Deuteronomy 32:18

This is a good reminder of how important it is to always remember God.  It is something that we promise to do as we take the sacrament each week, and our remembrance is also a gift from God that protects us.

It's really easy to start to slack off... not saying our prayers, not reading our scriptures, not doing the tiny things that we can do every day to keep God at the forefront of our minds, and as the first priority in our lives.  But if we do that, we start little by little losing the companionship of the Spirit, and are less and less able to hear God's voice and remember him in our lives.

Of course, we don't think of it that way at first.  Usually we think "oh, one day won't hurt" ... and, you know, maybe it won't in the greater scheme of things, but the problem with that one day or one time or I'm too sleepy or whatever it is, is that we make it so much easier the next time, to use the same excuse, to fall further away from the spirit, and we forget just a little bit more.  Big spiritual problems always start as small ones, and big sins almost always result from a series of tiny little temptations, and not remembering who we are, and what we can become with God's help.

Today, let's remember that putting God first in our lives isn't about God's ego.  It is about our spiritual safety, and it is the path to comfort and peace and joy.  Let's remember him and go to him in prayer, getting back on the right track, going in the right direction. :)

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