It’s days like this that I know I need God in my life. Hard work, agonising parenting moments, stress, long hours and little sleep. But do you know what? We all have those days. But as time goes by days like this will be forgotten and seem like a dream we once had.
Being able to forget the bad days can be a real blessing, but unfortunately that’s not all we can forget. We can forget the great days, the fun times, the beautiful moments and miraculous events. When we’re going through hard times, bad times, sad times or just plain boring times we can forget about the good stuff, and even more, the God stuff in our lives.
I’ve been having a seriously amazing time reading through Deuteronomy. I’ve been marking up my Bible like never before. Did you know that the word REMEMBER is written 16 times in this book? I’ve been highlighting each one. In chapter one God finally reveals the Promised Land to Moses and the Israelites and declares that now is the time to go for it.
But there’s one problem. Because of the Israelites terrible attitudes and bad behaviour they’ve roamed in the desert for 40 years so God could knock off a whole generation and wait till the next generation were of age to inherit the great promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But they don’t remember why they need the Promised Land. They’ve become so comfortable they can barely remember the mind blowing, universe changing miracles that God did in Egypt when He delivered them from slavery. They can barely even remember being slaves.
Moses begins to recount every sign, wonder and miracle God did for the nation of Israel. He gets them to remember so that they’ll stand up and take what’s being given to them. When we can’t remember what was lost it’s hard to see what we’ve gained.
There’s no more terrifying a place to be than complacency. The Isrealites were chosen, set apart and declared Holy because of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Isrealites did nothing but moan, rebel and sin against God from the day he delivered them from slavery. They were so comfortable where they were they couldn’t imagine anything better. They didn’t remember the pain and suffering of living as slaves so they took for granted the freedom and provision of God.
We can easily forget. But never forget the goodness of God. When we’re going through tough times we can easily forget that we serve a GOOD God. When we’re happy and satisfied we forget that we serve an ABUNDANT God. God is always good and is always wanting to give us more. There is no end to his love and mercy.
Don’t stop where you are. Don’t get stuck in the wilderness of disappointment and complacency. God has so much more for you! Remember his goodness, remember his miracles, remember his love and remember his never ending mercy.
Don’t stop, keep going. Don’t delay, push on. His love never fails.
What can you remember about the goodness of God in your life? Have their been miracles in your life that you’ve forgotten?