11/25/21 Forgetfulness

READING: Ezekiel 14-16, James 1:1-2:13

The people of God had been desperately evil. They had taken the blessings of God and turned them into idols. They had adopted pagan rituals of others, going so far even to sacrifice their own children to false gods. God had granted them life and blessing in their infancy, and He had continued His care in their adolescence. Still, they had forgotten all He had done for them. 

God had clearly warned them against going in this direction: “When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he would give you . . . and when you eat and are satisfied, be careful not to forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery” (Deut 6:10-12)—but they nevertheless turned their attention from Him. They did exactly what God told them not to do. 

Before we judge the Hebrews, though, we’re wise to remember that we, too, sometimes ignore this same warning. Our forgetfulness is just as real as the Hebrews’ was. Particularly on this Thanksgiving Day in the US, I’m reminded that we often forget God’s gracious care in the past. We take for granted His granting us new life, and we forget that every good gift comes from Him. 

PRAYER: “Forgive my forgetfulness, God. Thank You for Your care and provision.”   

DAILY ACTION STEP: Let your gratitude be genuine today.    

TOMORROW’S READING:  Ezekiel 17:1-20:32, James 2:14-3:18

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