(excerpt from Morning Meditations by Martin Wiles)
Jeremiah 2:32 Does a young woman forget her jewelry? Does a bride hide her wedding dress? No! Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me. (NLT)
It happened rarely but when it did my heart would pound and I would try to dematerialize by avoiding the professorís glance so as not to be called upon.
In high school, homework, studying for a test or pop quiz and completing reports was low on my priority list. Had the stringent rules of today been in place then I surely would not have graduated. But I meandered through.
College was different. I had matured and had an idea of my lifeís direction. So I put forth effort. I organized my syllabi and neatly arranged the required work into a detailed schedule and immediately began working on the first assignment.
But occasionally I contracted amnesia-not on purpose of course. I forgot to read the assigned pages. Forgot the due date of a report. Mind went blank and couldnít answer a question asked. Just a complete and total slip of the brain.
Jeremiah told Godís people they had committed the same mistake. Forgetting jewelry caused a young woman to feel less than fully dressed. No bride would hide the dress her parents spent a large sum of money to purchase. And Godís people shouldnít forget Him, but they often did. Since they couldnít see Him, they formed observable gods. Forgetting how God had punished their ancestorís sinful behavior, they sinned even more.
Intentional and unintentional forgetting are both dangerous. I may accidentally run a stop sign. Not intending to break the law doesnít change the potential consequences-a ticket, serious accident or even death. Intentional forgetting is more serious, especially when itís spiritual.
Spiritual amnesia is merely living as if God doesnít exist when you know He does. Making large purchases or changing jobs without asking His advice. Entering relationships without prayer. Making sinful choices thinking your adverse circumstances make them permissible. Focusing your attention on selfish pursuits, disregarding the consequences they may have for your loved ones. We simply go our own way with never a thought of what God might want from us. How much wiser and more enjoyable to remember Him in all our pursuits.
Prayer: God, may I make every decision with You in mind. www.lovelinesfromgod.blogspot.com
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