“Our fathers in Egypt did not grasp the significance of Your wonderful works or remember Your many acts of faithful love…” (Psalm 106:7)
It is so easy to forget. In a days time there are so many things that I forget – to grab milk at the store, to sign a permission slip for a field trip, to put the clean clothes in the dryer, to call a friend for her birthday. There are times that I even get to the top of the stairs and forget why I went up in the first place!
Like the Israelites, I often forget the great things that God has done for me. In times of stress and struggling, it is so easy for me to get caught up in my fears instead of looking back at how God has shown up for me in the past. And not only did the Israelites forget how faithful God had been to them, they even rebelled against God. They grumbled, made golden calves, aligned themselves with idols, and they shed innocent blood. It’s easy for me to look down on the Israelites. I mean, God was right there for them, performing miracles all of the time. How could they turn away from Him?Yet, I know that in my own way, I rebel against God too. So often I easily turn my gaze from Him to something else. And the new object of my affection never quite makes that mark that God does. You would think that I would realize that by now…
“Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against His people… ” (Psalm 106:40)
How heart broken God must have been to watch His people turn from their First Love. How angry He must have been at them for forgetting and rebelling. How disappointed in me God must be…
“When He heard their cry, He took note of their distress, remembered His covenant with them, and relented according to the riches of His faithful love.” (Psalm 106:44-45)
But God, in His great and faithful love, will continue to allow me to mess up. Then He will rescue me from my despair. What a loving and gracious God I serve. And how thankful I am that He loves me and remembers His promises!
“May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting.” (Psalm 106: 48)
Jesus, thank you for loving me unconditionally. I am so grateful for the grace and mercy that You show to me. Forgive me for straying from You so often. Please help me to fix my eyes on You, the Author and Perfecter of my faith. I love you, Lord.
Suzie Lawyer (suzielawyer)