“You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.” Isaiah 17:10a
Remembrance is something that is important for people to do. It helps to remember things to be able to accomplish tasks. It helps to remember things to keep from doing something wrong again. It helps to remember people to keep connections alive and on the correct path.
While remembering is important, many people tend to forget the important things in life. They live in the immediate moment and forget what was learned in the past. They get so busy with their lives that they forget about the people around them or that had an important place in their lives. They forget about what it took to get them to where they are today.
Isaiah had a prophecy against Damascus. In it he tells them that they had forgotten God who had been their Savior. The result of their forgetting God is found in the later verses that what they plant would fail.
In the busyness and work of life it is easy for people to forget about God. They get caught up in what is going on in their day-to-day lives to the point that God is put on the back burner.
In doing so, they lose the fire and joy of knowing God and serving Him and begin serving themselves. They will also begin to allow themselves to step into sin walking further away from God.
There are some, even active in church, that have forgotten God. They are caught up in doing things their own way. This can even include ministry inside the church.
Every believer needs to keep his eyes and life focused upon God. He must never forget that it is Jesus who is saving him. He must not forget what God has done for him and is continuing to do for him.
Take a moment to remember what God has already done for you. Think about the forgiveness Jesus has given you. Remember the love God has shown to you. Do not forget about God.
Do not allow the cares of this world to overcome you and draw you away from God. It is Jesus who is your Savior and can bring you through every situation, not your job, others, money, or things.
As you remember God, draw closer to Him, live for Him and see His hand of favor rest upon you to take care of you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not forget about God; that you will put God first in all that you do; and that you will honor God with all of your life.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:8
Very few people really want to be near an enemy. A person attempts to go the other direction when he sees the enemy. Seeing the enemy usually means there is trouble about to happen, or it could happen.
It can also mean that there is danger nearby. No one wants to be in a dangerous situation.
The few that want to be near the enemy are usually there with the plan to destroy the enemy. Those few are doing it out of zeal for whatever they are against.
David talks about how God makes a table for him in the presence of his enemies and in that same process he is anointed and overflowing with life.
There are a couple of things about this table and where it is located. Most people will not eat, unless there is peace and calmness. They will not sit down to eat around the enemy, because there is danger. However, with God making the table and food, there is peace. God is in control. The enemy can do nothing without God’s permission.
Along with this, believers need to be among the ‘enemy’, the world, in order to be a witness of who Jesus is. Sitting down in peace while in a battle, shows that they know something the enemy does not know–God will win the battle. Believers are anointed by God’s Holy Spirit to win.
The believer also needs to be among the enemy in order to be a witness. Many believers run from the enemy or refuse to be among them. How can they be an influence? How can the world hear about Jesus, unless someone goes to them?
You most likely have some people in your life who are the enemy. They make life difficult for you. As like most people, you probably try to avoid being around them.
Instead of avoiding them, allow God to prepare a table among them. Use those times to be His witness, to show His love to them. God has anointed you by His Holy Spirit to be His witness to the world.
Do not fear the enemy and run away, but stand in God’s strength and power. He placed you there for a reason.
You are on the winning side. The enemy cannot win. Are you His witness in the enemy’s territory today?
I pray today that God will anoint you with His Holy Spirit; that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that the world will see Jesus in you.
Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. Genesis 39:20-21
At times, life can be appear to be very unfair and toss a person into a very negative, harsh situation. Things appear to go very wrong and that God has abandoned the person.
People have been fired from a job, even though one had been a hard worker, faithful and never did anything wrong. This can happen off of the words of a few people who are not telling the full truth of a situation.
Time and again people come down with a sickness that has a death sentence on it. This happens even though one has always lived a healthy life.
These types of events in people’s lives occur whether a person is a believer or not. For the believer as events like this occur, it may feel as though God has abandoned the person. It can feel as if God has thrown the person out and locked the door on him.
Joseph had lived his life following God, yet, he was thrown into slavery by his brothers. As a slave, he did everything he was told to do. Yet, he was falsely accused of doing something wrong and was thrown into prison. It may have felt as though God had abandoned him, yet God was still there in the dark prison cells. God gave him supernatural favor, because Joseph still followed Him and believed in Him.
Although most believers will not be thrown into prison today, there will be times of hardship. There will be times that they will be treated wrongly. It is even in those times that God is still with the person. God can provide supernatural favor to the believer in the tough time, making it better than it should be.
You may be going through a hardship that does not seem fair. You may be feeling as if God has abandoned you or forgotten you. Do not be discouraged. Keep looking to God. He can be with you through the situation.
Just as God gave favor to Joseph, He can give you favor during the prison time of bad situations. God is using you to build you and others up. In the end you will have favor that the world does not know.
I pray today that you will know the love and favor of God in your life; that you will trust God during tough times; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that you will be a light in the dark prisons of life.