'If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,’ they moaned. ‘There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.’
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
One month after the Lord had delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, the Children of Israel found themselves in the desert. Did they remember the mighty miracles that God used to deliver them from slavery? Did they remember the dry ground they walked on that was once again covered by the Red Sea? No, they forgot and complained to Moses that they would have been better off back in Egypt! What is it about our human nature that causes us to forget good things so quickly? Charles Spurgeon said it this way, “I don’t know which to marvel more at: God’s faithfulness or man’s forgetfulness.” Today’s passage tells us to be careful and watch ourselves closely so we will not forget what God has done. Why is this so important? Because, remembering is key to our survival. God teaches us life lessons that are needed later in our life, but our propensity is to forget. The lesson for the Israelites would be, “Don’t forget in the desert what you learned at the Red Sea.” What about you? Do you remember how faithful God has been to you in the past? Do you remember the life lessons you have learned and apply them to the rest of your life, or do you forget? Today, stop and remember all that God has done for you. Remember His faithfulness. Remember His provision. Remember His presence in times past and go forward in the reality that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Father, forgive me for my forgetfulness. You have been so faithful and yet when there is a threat of something bad, I assume You are not there. I forget how faithful You have been and act as if You did not care. Lord, help me remember all that You have promised. Help me remember all that You have done. Might I share with others how faithful You have been as I put my faith in You for my future. ~Amen