They Forgot His Works

by Jan Silvious

Today is a good time to remember what God has done for you. I find that I am guilty of snuggling close to Him in times of crisis, but when things are going smoothly, I can become pretty independent.

The Hebrews had the same problem. In Psalm 106, God records these words about them—words in which you and I could substitute our own names: “He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. Then they believed his promises and sang his praise. But they soon forgot what he had done” (vv. 10-13).

What a powerful three-line description: “They believed his promises. They sang his praise…. They soon forgot what he had done.”

If there is any description of privileged America, this is it. We don’t have to depend upon God for our daily bread. We are secure in all the bounty God has given us. And sometimes we quickly forget all that He has done for us.

When my mother was so very ill, every breath she breathed was a matter of intense prayer for me. Now that she is better, I already feel myself slipping from the Father’s embrace. I hate that. I want to stay close to Him, even on the days when there is no crisis. I want to be so close that there is no space between us even today, when things are so normal they are almost boring.

Do you ever feel that way? I have some thoughts that I hope will help, as you and I get honest with ourselves and with God.

I start to pull away when I get busy. During a crisis, one’s attention—prayers, thoughts, conversations—are all focused on the situation. But as the pressure eases and you get back to a more normal routine, time seems fragmented.

The need to pray grows less urgent. Once the crisis is past, there is not the same compelling desire, the same intensity in sharing things with the Lord. I find it easier to put Him on hold.

When this happens, there is only one way to retrieve that precious relationship: immediately recognize what is happening. Go to the Father and confess your preoccupation with other things to the exclusion of time with Him. Ask Him to give you back the fervor and excitement of communion.

Read and reflect on all the ways God has dealt with His people. Psalm 106 is a great place to start. Ask God to show you His faithfulness as you read words like these: “Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented” (vv. 43-45).

That’s the kind of God we serve! How can we ever forget His great love and mercy for us, even when we least deserve it?

From The 5-Minute Devotional

Zondervan, c. 1991 by Jan Silvious

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