Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Have we forgotten God?

Our sermon at church yesterday was about Failing to Remember....failing to remember what God has done in our lives and who God is.

The main point of the message was that we tend to remember God when we are in times of need, but when life is going good, we forget (whether intentionally or unintentionally) that we need to give credit and thanks to God.

Why is that? Why do we forget? Why do we take credit for our wealth and our homes and our food and our vehicles? Why do we think we've earned or brought about the blessings in our lives - relationships, health, etc? Why do we become prideful in thinking we have those things as a result of how hard we've worked?

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 says: "You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth..."

Our pastor sent us a strong warning that apathy and a lack of awareness is a very dangerous way for us to live our lives. When we forget what God has done, our hearts can become prideful and our minds can be consumed with us - our money, our time, our talents, our resources. Instead of seeing those things as gifts from God to be used to love and serve others.

I have a confession to make: I am guilty of forgetting. I am continually thankful for my blessings, and I give glory to God for the story He has written in my life, but I have a tendency to become prideful. How so? In that I don't rely on God as completely and totally when things are going good, as when I am in need.Verse 14 says, "Then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God."

Unless I offer up praise and thanksgiving for every blessing and every gift, I am forgetting the source of those gifts and blessings.

Unless I give all the credit to the Lord, I am forgetting.

Unless I go to God daily, asking for strength and wisdom and guidance to live my life, I am forgetting.

Verse 11 in Deuteronomy 8 says, "Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God...." God knows that this is a tendency for us. He warns commands us in Scripture not to forget.

I think this is a life lesson I will be learning over and over again.

If you are interested in listening to the sermon online, you can do so here:

http://www.millcitychurch.com/#/mediaClick on 'Launch sermon player'
Play 'Fail to Remember'


cybil said...

On the other hand, I think it's important not to feel guilty all the time. I think it's certainly the best lifestyle to praise God and to give him all the glory. But I don't think so much we achieve through "we should", but much more with developing a loving, intimate relationship with Jesus.
Thanks for your inspiring posts!!

Sew said...

That I think is why we have struggles or else we wouldn't need God because of how prideful we are... :)

CRSte said...

Good reminder Stacy!