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Forgetting and Remembering

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“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness…Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today…then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.”   ~ Deut. 8

As Christians, remembering is a central part of our faithfulness to God. We are to remember, and not forget, all that the Lord has done for us and all that He has commanded and promised. If we forget, we may suppose that we are able to live and prosper without him. We may think that the blessings he has bestowed on us will simply continue to come to us as a matter of right.

This is a sure way to destruction, not just personal destruction, but community and national destruction. As Americans, we seem to be in the process of forgetting God, and the generous bounty he has bequeathed to us in this country. We have certainly forgotten him in our schools and universities. We have forgotten him and his Word in many of our policy choices, indeed, mocking those who would presume to think that God had anything to say about what our policies should look like. We have forgotten God in our neighborhoods and communities. Children can no longer run and play outside without parental supervision, as I did when I was a kid. Mostly, we have forgotten God’s warning, that those who forget God and go after other gods “shall surely perish.”



Written by Michael Duenes

October 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

Posted in Deuteronomy, Duenes

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