The Dangers of Forgetting God

There’s a story about a man from the city who was visiting relatives on a farm. He was out walking around with the farmer when the farmer gave a whistle and his dog herded the cattle into the corral, and then latched the gate with her paw. “Wow, that’s some dog. What … More

Forgetfulness

Moses spells out the dangers of forgetting that God is the source of every blessing that we enjoy (v. 11). These Jews had been slaves in Egypt, having nothing, and soon they would be living in nice houses, taking care of their large flocks and accumulating their silver and gold (vv. 12-13). This kind of success has a way of making us proud (v. 14), and we can soon forget God and what we were before God called us.

God went on to remind Israel of where they had come from, what He had brought them through and what He had done for them, “Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end (vv. 15-16).”

God’s reminder of His provision is next, “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth (v. 17), that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day (v. 18).” God will not let us steal His glory. He wants us to give Him glory for all that He does for us (vv. 19-20)

Application

It is so easy for me to forget to give God thanks, or credit, for the many things He does for me in this life. He is the one who has given me the promise of an abundant life, and He never fails to fulfill His promises. I just need to stop every once in a while and give Him praise for all He does.

Deuteronomy 8:11-20 (English Standard Version)

"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, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 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, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.' 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. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God."

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