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The night was so dark that even the stars were hidden behind the clouds. The winds were so fierce and the rains so heavy that it was nearly impossible to see. A chaplain noticed a young sailor trying to hide behind the ship's guns where there was a dim light. Trying to comfort him, the chaplain opened his New Testament to John 3:16 and asked him to read that verse. He wanted to talk to him about God. “For God so loved the world,” he began reading quietly, “that He gave His only forgotten Son.”

Many of us frequently forget the Lord, His Word and His works until we need His help. This happened to the people of Israel. The Psalmist reminds us of this in two simple words that all of us, unfortunately, can relate to: “They forgot.”

Often when we face a crisis, it is easy to focus on the crisis rather than the Christ who can guide and guard us through it safely if we would only allow Him. We think of everything that we can do rather than what He can do. So, we delay calling on Him. More than we can realize He is waiting to hear our voice. He wants to comfort and care for us, strengthen and sustain us. But we choose to tackle the task by ourselves - believing that we can live life without Him. Then, when we realize that we are helpless, we turn to Him and, as always, He responds. Perhaps He allows us to “try it” on our own and fail so that He can remind us of our weakness and His enduring strength.

His promise? “Call on me, and I will answer you...” And again, “I will never leave you nor forsake you!”

Prayer:  How foolish we are, Father, to ever forget that You are always present waiting and wanting to help us. Help us to remember You in the good times and in the bad times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:    But they soon forgot what He had done. Psalm 106:13a

A formal dinner for important individuals was scheduled in Washington. General Jimmy Doolittle decided to invite Charles Lindbergh, the famous pilot, to join him to recognize him for his outstanding accomplishments.
After a moment’s thought, Lindbergh said, “It seems to me that life is full of so many worthwhile opportunities that I do not want to spend a lot of time celebrating the past.”
Paul wisely said to his friends, “I choose to focus all my energies on one thing: I will forget the past…and look forward to serving You until the end of my race when I receive my prize: heaven!”
Too often we look at what we have done or where we have been and neglect to realize where we, as Christians, are going. We all have betrayed, disappointed and abandoned our Savior. However, we must let go of the past. God has forgiven us, so we must keep focused on our relationship with Him now and do what we can do to serve Him faithfully and lovingly until He greets us in heaven.
Prayer: Help me, Savior, to realize that the past is gone and that the life I live now is to please You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 3:13-14 but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

"I'm sorry, but I forgot about..." Sound familiar? It’s an often used phrase that most of us have used on many occasions. There are times when we really do forget some things. And there are times when we use that phrase when we did not forget “anything” – we just did not want to do what we had agreed to do.
Forgetfulness is a way of life for many. Rather than doing what they said they would do, they use it as an excuse for an unpleasant task. For some, it “just happens” every now and then. For all, however, it started as part of a promise or agreement that was at one time important. And, some promises are, indeed, more important than others. Especially the promises we make to God. Actually, our very life may depend on the promises we make to Him.

Solomon reminds us of this fact when he wrote, “My son, do not forget my teaching…keep my commands in your heart…for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” Notice the two approaches to the same issue – one is negative: “Do not forget” and the other is positive: “keep them in your heart.”

“Forget” in this instance is more than allowing an obligation to escape our memory. It involves disregarding the commandments of God, replacing Him with false gods and idols and a lack of faith and trust.

Notice where God’s teachings and commandments are to be kept – in our hearts. The heart, in Scripture, is the center and seat of our inner life, including our mind, our emotions and our will. Submitting our hearts to God is a declaration to Him that His Word rules our lives.

Prayer: Lord, grant each of us a willingness and desire to enthrone You in our hearts and never waiver. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
The night was so dark that even the stars were hidden behind the clouds. The winds were so fierce and the rains so heavy that it was nearly impossible to see. A chaplain noticed a young sailor trying to hide behind the ship’s guns where there was a dim light. Trying to comfort him, the Chaplain opened his New Testament to John 3:16 and asked him to read that verse. He wanted to talk to him about God. “For God so loved the world,” he began reading quietly, “that He gave His only forgotten Son.”

Many of us frequently forget the Lord, His Word and His works until we need His help. This happened to the people of Israel. In fact, the Psalmist reminds us of this in two simple words that all of us, unfortunately, can relate to: “They forgot.”

Often when we face a crisis it is easy to focus on the crisis rather than the Christ who can guide and guard us through it safely if we will only allow Him. We think of everything that we can do rather than what He can do. So we delay calling on Him. More than we can realize He is waiting to hear our voice. He wants to comfort and care for us, strengthen and sustain us. But we choose to tackle the task by ourselves – believing that we can live life without Him. Then, when we realize that we are helpless we turn to Him and, as always, He responds. Perhaps He allows us to “try it” on our own and fail just so He can remind us of our weakness and His enduring love.

His promise? “Call to me and I will answer you…” And again, “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” 

Prayer: How foolish we are, Father, to ever forget that You are always present waiting and wanting to help us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture for Today: Psalm 106:13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
Young Mark was preparing to say his prayers before going to bed. His mother had been in his room going over his homework with him. As he knelt to pray he said, "Go away, Mom. I want to talk to God."

"But can't I listen?" she asked.

"Well," he said, “I don't mind telling God about the wrong things I did today because I know He will forgive me and forget what I did. But you'll go on yelling at me forever."

How gracious is our God! His Word declares, "And I will forgive their wrongdoings, and I will never again remember their sins." One of the final characteristics of the New Covenant is that the blood of Jesus not only cleanses us completely but that He will remove them from His memory.

That's probably hard for many of us to accept. We often harbor in our hearts and minds the wrongs that people do against us. Often we seem to roll them around and seek opportunities to get revenge – or at least get even. Not our God.

We know that His grace is sufficient to save us. But believing that He will never allow our sins to enter His memory should bring us a permanent peace.

Prayer: Help us, our Father, to take You at Your Word, and know that as we confess our sins, You not only forgive them but forget them – forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Hattie Hollowell, at eighty-three, became known as, “The Forgotten Woman.” She spent three years and four months in a New York City jail, overlooked by the system and without being brought to trial. Her lawyer ignored her. Her family abandoned her. Her friends forgot her. However, when this tragedy was discovered, the legal machinery moved rapidly and she was released.

Perhaps there are days when we feel alone, deserted, unimportant, and ignored. It seems as though we make no difference to anyone. We are convinced that we are doomed to be forsaken by everyone forever.

God’s Word tells of the time when the Israelites felt forsaken by God. It was then that Isaiah reminded them that God could no more forget them than a loving mother could forget her little child. What a wonderful thought and marvelous truth: God Himself promises us that He will not forget us.

Whenever we feel that God has forgotten or forsaken us, we need to stop and correct our thinking. He knows the number of hairs on our head, the hurts of our hearts, and each little bird that falls from a tree. Perhaps, we have forsaken or forgotten Him.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to take You at Your Word when You promise never to leave us or forsake us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Isaiah 49:14-15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? (Read more…)