Monday, April 30, 2012

Forgetfulness!!





Are you forgetful?? I can dutifully make a grocery list and leave it either in the car or at home. I have done this for years!! More serious than that is our propensity to be forgetful of all the things that God has so mercifully done for us. We don't praise Him as we should and neither do we thank Him after he provides an answer to prayer. We aren't much better than the nine healed leopards who never returned to thank Jesus for healing!!

The other day, I was reading Psalm 106 and looked at it differently than I had before. Isn't that what makes God's Word so precious?? There is always something 'new' and 'fresh' for today, not yesterday. 

I usually see all the promises and praises...the 'good' things rather than the negative. That can be encouraging for me but does it leave room for God to convict me of sin?! I want my life to be constantly moving forward, closer to Jesus. I want to draw nigh to God so that He will draw near me. I don't want stagnation like the overflow of a flooded river when it leaves pools of water in a lower portion without an outlet. Trapped.

"Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea." 
~Psalm 106:7~


The Israelites went and forgot all the mercies of God when He saved them from the Egyptians at the parting of the Red Sea!! How could they have DONE THAT?! Certainly they couldn't have forgotten such a HUGE miracle in their lives as that?! Maybe you or I haven't had such a big experience but we are just as forgetful!! All they could think of was what they were missing from Egypt!! They forgot the pain caused by the slave-masters in Egypt and instead remembered all the worldly, fleshly things from that land. Do you crave the world?? Do you yearn after all that the world offers?? Or are you finished with the world??

God sometimes will give us what we want although it really isn't the best for us. It is like a mother who gives her child what she is whining for although the mother knows it isn't good for the child. The mother knows that the child will learn quicker through making a mistake than if she denies the child any longer. 

"And he gave them their request; 
but sent leanness into their soul." 
~Psalm 106: 15

"They forgat God their Saviour, 
which had done great things in Egypt."
~Psalm 106:21~

"Yea, they despised the pleasant land, 
they believed not his word."
~Psalm 106:24~

"They did not destroy the nations,
concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
But were mingled (with the world??) among the heathen,
and learned their works.
And they served their idols:
which were a snare unto them.:
~Psalm 106:33-36

"NEVERTHELESS
he regarded their affliction when he heard their cry:
And he remembered for them his covenant,
and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
He made them also to be pitied of all those that 
carried them captives."
~Psalm 106:44-46~

 When I am forgetful, God is so quick to turn everything around for me just as soon as I repent of whatever He is laying on my heart. All God wants me to do is to observe how much He has done for me and to thank Him and praise Him. He is so quick to be merciful even when I do not deserve it. The negative verses point to the positive verses. Focusing on Jesus takes the burden off our shoulder and places it on His most capable shoulders. He carries our cares and worries.


Next time I forget my grocery list, it will be a reminder to me of all God has done in my life. It will remind me to meditate on how merciful He has been with me and to give Him praise and thanksgiving in return. It will also be a good idea to use that forgotten grocery list to serve as a reminder to practice mercy towards those around me (like my husband and children) instead of giving them impatience.

"Praise ye the LORD,
O give thanks unto the LORD;
for he is good;
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?
who can shew forth all his praise?"
~Psalm 106:~

~In Christ Alone,
~Judith~



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4 comments:

  1. I Really enjoy reading your blog :)

    Blessings,Renee

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  2. nice post thanks for sharing...looking for to visit more...blessings

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  3. Beautiful reminder to remember to be thankful! I also love how you reminded us of how easy it is to just see promises and praises, but skip over the admonitions and commands! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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  4. Encouraging post and neat how you linked simple forgetfulness to spiritual forgetfulness. It is true how much we forgot to be thankful daily. Thank you for sharing at WJIM.

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