“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God …” (Deuteronomy 8:11, NASB)
We can easily joke about forgetfulness when we are not at a point in life where itÂ presents a problem. How often I have uttered, “Oh it’s my Alzheimer’s!”, when I have forgotten to do something. But a change occurs in the way we regard the disease when someone we love and respect is diagnosed.
Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia. Senility. Forgetfulness. All words to describe a loss of memory. A loss of ability to know and do things. A loss of awareness. It is both hard and sad to deal with.
Several years ago, it was so hard to watch as a loved one forgot that we were her children, her loved ones. Yet she hugged and embraced a total stranger as if they were her loved one. In that forgetfulness, things get flipped, they get turned around, and often do not make any sense at all.
God has felt the pain of watching His own deal with forgetfulness. He has dealt with watching those He loves, His very own, also suffering from the disease of forgetfulness.
In looking in the concordance of my Bible, there are five times where we are told, “Do not forget the Lord your God……”.
It seems His chosen people ”“ the Israelites, and us as well, have a problem with forgetfulness. This is most serious, as it is God whom we are forgetting.
We forget Who He is. We forget what He has done. We forget what He can do. We forget He is able. We forget.
The antonym of forget is remember.
God is so good to not only tell us “do not forget” but to tell us what we need to “remember”. Join me at Woman to Woman Ministries HERE as we look at a few of these remembrances.