remembering God

I’m amazed at the kinds of things that I don’t remember most of which seemed so important at the time.  Sometimes it’s really significant stuff that I probably would have been better off remembering (passwords to my bank’s website “Did I put the ^ before or after the last name of my best friend in 3rd grade?”); sometimes it’s stuff that’s less significant but still strange to have forgotten (“What was my best friend in 3rd grade’s last name?) … other times, what I’ve managed to forget can be plain scary (“What did I eat for lunch today?”)   Too often, I wish I could remember the stuff that I forget, but I guess I forgot to remind myself to remember.

My guess is that God is probably going to give me a pass on a good amount of my forgetfulness, but there’s something I’ve been commanded to never forget.   Psalm 103:2-5 is David’s command to himself (and God’s command to us) to “bless the Lord and forget not all his benefits.”  What benefits?  Well, the Lord is the one (and only One) who forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and renews.  That’s the amazing benefits package God provides for those He calls.  But what happens too often?  We forget. Why? There might not be a universal answer, but it’s probably because we sin, get sick, wander, grovel, hunger, and weaken.  And in that state, our default setting seems to be that we forget God: the One who benefits us… who forgives the sinner and heals the sick… who crowns the beggar and satisfies the starving.

At the end of the day, I don’t want to forget God.  I don’t want to live a life without regard for who God said He is and the benefits He said He’ll provide.  So I need reminders, and last week (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) was a reminder.  In our struggles with temptation, God forgives and restores and provides.  But that reminder faded already, didn’t it?  The sermon’s over and the memory of it fades.  But God places us in a body who restores and renews and reminds us to remember God…

and as it turns out, that’s what this week’s sermon is about too.  (Check out 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 for a preview)…

Eager to follow God with you,

Darren