2024 Abide Fast Daily Devotionals

January 10 | How Soon We Forget

They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Psalms 106:7

The story of the Israelites is a lot like our own story. God blesses us, and then we forget Him- not totally, just until we get into the next mess. Then, we call for His help again and He intervenes on our behalf. Now, you would think we’d see the light, change our ways, and give God His rightful place in our lives. But often we just repeat the pattern, keeping God in the basement like a janitor and calling on Him when we have another mess to clean up.

The Israelites were no different. He rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes. They believed his promises and they sang his praise. Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel! In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience (v.10-14). Someone has said, “We’re not slow learners, we’re just quick forgetters.” Why do we forget God so easily? 

Busyness. We don’t take time to read His Word and pray. We compartmentalize. We keep God in a Sunday morning slot or a brief devotional time. “Their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience.” We refuse to govern our minds by the principles of Scripture. Realizing his tendency to forget God, the Psalmist wrote: “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing…I will praise the Lord who counsels me…I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices (Psalms 16:2, 7-9).”

Consider: Make a list of 20 things that the Lord has taught you or done for you in the last year. Spend time thanking the Lord for His ongoing goodness to you and caring for you like a tender Shepherd. 

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