“Because My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, to walk in pathways and not on a highway…” — Jeremiah 18:15 (NKJV)
You’d think I would have this morning routine stuff down solid, but I have those days where I just get complacent, jump in my truck, and drive off. I’ll get to the first traffic light which is about three quarters of a mile away and then it hits me, “I forgot my glasses again, idiot.” I’ll drive up to the nearest U-turn and head back home, get in the driveway, walk into the house, pick up my eyeglasses and head back out the door. Sometimes my wife will take a parting shot at me, sometimes she won’t, but all in all it isn’t too unusual for me to forget that which I need to be able to see things clearly. And for the record, I don’t really need my glasses to drive…yet.
The funny thing about forgetfulness is that it is a common occurrence and if we apply it to our spiritual condition we could be headed for a world of hurt, especially with the things of God. That’s why we fall into sin so easily. We’ll forget just how wicked sin can be and forget how much it cost Jesus Christ to save us from it. We forget that through what Jesus did for us on the cross, God the Father forgives us, so we’ll be hesitated to forgive others when we’re wronged. We’ll forget that when Jesus Christ rose from the grave death was conquered and a future in heaven, through Him, is assured. We’ll lose hope, get depressed, and walk around without any joy. We’ll open up a foothold and then be promptly reminded that there is a Devil.
This is why it is a good thing to keep a Bible around, if necessary, in every room of your house and in extreme situations, your vehicle, lunch box, back pocket (dare I say seared into your brain?) You can read the Book of Deuteronomy and see Moses warning the Israelites not to forget who brought them out of slavery. David has got a few Psalms that have “to bring to remembrance” in their titles (Psalms 38 and 70). The Apostle Paul told the church in Rome, “Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God” (Romans 15:15). Forgetfulness also had Paul send a young Pastoral prospect to the church in Corinth, “For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17).
And then we have the guy who always forgot his place and would stick his proverbial foot in his mouth, Peter, penning stuff like, “add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For, if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins” (2 Peter 1:5b-9). Then, if you go into the third chapter of 2 Peter, you’ll get the sense of urgency as Peter conveys that you should remember the full counsel of God so that you, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Once a month, those of us who claim Christ as Lord and Savior are called to partake in The Lord’s Supper. Most tables that the elements are placed on has “Do this in remembrance of Me” inscribed on them, and as much truth as there is there, the first thing we told to do is to examine ourselves. It’s your last chance to get to that U-turn, to go back and ask Him who is most worthy, and ask for forgiveness before you eat and drink unworthy. If you choose to ignore this simple heeding, you may find yourself not walking circumspectly, but as a fool like me, who gets complacent, forgets his glasses, and just drives off.
If we don’t have those moments of remembrance, so we can see clearly the dangers of this fallen world, we may find ourselves more lost than the ones who already know their lost…and are content with it. So much so, that they’ll enjoy your company, take you further than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay and cost you more than you can afford. Amen?
Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.
Daily Quote: “We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do that ourselves…” — Oswald Chambers
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24