Full and Forgetful

And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildest not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedest not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt  have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deuteronomy 6:10-13

When are we most likely to forget the Lord?  These verses give us a good idea of when we need to be on guard against forgetting Him.  We need to take the greatest care to remember the Lord when He has blessed us abundantly.  Here He tells the Israelites that when He has given them a good land and great cities that they did not have to build, then they might forget Him.    When they have their houses filled with things He gave them, and drink from wells that they haven’t digged, and eat the fruit of trees they haven’t planted, then they might forget Him.  When they have “eaten and are full”, then they would be at risk of forgetting Him. 

Do any of those things sound familiar to us?  The Lord has “brought me out of bondage”.  I go to a great church in a free country- I didn’t build the church and I didn’t fight for my country’s freedom.  I have a house filled with things and I have plenty (in most cases, too much) food to eat whenever I want it.  I have been spoon fed the Bible, and I can purchase and/or read a Bible just about anywhere I want to.  Many through the ages have not had this privilege.  

In my opinion, Christians in America (and I am talking primarily to myself) are at a great danger of forgetting the Lord who has brought us out of bondage.  Let us pray that we will remember the Lord and His goodness and mercy to us.  Let us be vigilant that we do not forget the things He has done for us!

One response to this post.

  1. Excellent post! We are so blessed in this country, at least I know I am. This is a terrific reminder that we need to remember from whom those blessings have come.


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