Why do we ever forget important things? We might imagine that simply because something is important we should remember it – yet that is clearly not always the case. Birthdays, anniversaries, people’s names; the list goes on and on. We might never declare these things trivial, but they continually slip our minds causing us frustration and embarrassment.
In the spiritual realm, our ability to remember carries greater consequences. Moses, after teaching the children of Israel God’s laws and reminding them of His goodness toward them, added the following admonition:
Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren. – Deuteronomy 4:9 (NKJV)
If they forgot what the Lord said and did, they would soon forget God Himself, or simply assign Him a place in their national trivia. And this might ultimately lead to their demise. So, how did these hearers of Moses do? Not all that well, really. We soon read:
So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs. – Judges 3:7 (NKJV)
The consequences of this national, collective Alzheimer’s disease were devastating. Much of the Bible is dedicated to the details, as the nation went through one enormous memory lapse after another. It’s safe to assume we’re capable of the same.
As a personal application, I intend to use many of these journal entries to tell and retell the stories of what the Lord has done in my own life and in the corporate life of Horizon Central. He has been exceptionally kind to us as a church and me personally. We dare not forget His goodness.