Exodus 14:11 Quickly Forgetting What Happened

 

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They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11

The past can hold a treasure chest full of good things to remember. Not always are the things remembered necessarily good, but it is good to remember them. It can help to guide a person on the path through this life.

Remembering that the stove is hot when it is on and is touched is a good thing to remember. It helps a person to keep from being burned again. At the same time remembering how great a time was when there was a get together with some other person after a long period of time, can also be a good thing to remember. This will encourage the person to keep the relationship alive.

The Israelites had been under slavery for about 430 years and had been crying out to God for relief. God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt. The process of bringing them out was to use great miracles to break down Pharaoh. They saw wonders that would blow the mind.

Yet, shortly after they left Egypt they came to the Red Sea and was trapped between the sea and the armies of Egypt. Immediately they forgot what God had already done for them and were crying out in fear against Moses. They thought that they were going to get killed by the armies of Egypt. However, God had a plan to save them and allow them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.

Many believers, when they are in a troubling situation, are very quick to forget what God has already done for them. They forget about the guidance, the provision, and His love for them. Then they run or cry out in fear, instead of trusting God.

Each time you see God do something for you in your life, remember it. Then when a bad situation in life rises up, remember how God had already taken care of you. Give Him praise for what He has already done and trust Him for what He is going to do for you.

God will not leave you or forsake you. He is there to help you through every situation, no matter how big or small. Do not be quick to forget that and what He has done.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will know that God is for you and not against you. 

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Genesis 8:1 God Remembers

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1

Large storms can be something that is scary to go through. The amount of damage a storm can bring, can be tremendous if the storm is big enough. 

As a person is going through a major storm, he can hear the loud roaring winds, the cracking of thunder, the roar of the rain beating down on the house, the noise of the running water off of the house, and the creaking of the house and trees in the great winds. It can be nerve wracking hearing these noises and knowing what the possible damage could be or become.

In the personal life of a person, God has also allowed other types of storms one’s life. These storms can be physical ailments, financial difficulties, marital problems, abuse, persecution, and more. During these storms, it can feel as if God has forgotten the person or abandoned him.

Those who are believers in Jesus and strive to follow God may also feel as though God has left them and forgotten all about them and what is going on. It feels as though the storm in life will never end and that all that will be left is death, pain and suffering. 

Yet, God has not forgotten. Just as He did not forget about Noah and the animals on the ark, He will not forget His people in a storm. Once the storm has accomplished its purpose, God will calm the storm. He will restore things and build things up. 

The purpose of the flood was to destroy sin and get the people to focus back on God. In life, you may be going through a storm. God may be trying to get your attention, or as with Job, He may be trying to prove your faith in Him. Either way, He has not forgotten you. He still remembers you and will preserve you and save you. 

As you travel through a storm in this life, know that God is right there with you. Know that God will save you in the end. Ask God what you need to do or learn through this storm. And give Him praise through it all. God has not, nor will ever forget you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fears of storms in this life; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will trust God will remember you always.

Isaiah 43:25 Forget The Sin

I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25

God is talking to Israel about how they have treated Him over the years. He had worked with them, yet they had disregarded Him and chose to sin. In the end God had chosen to blot out their sins and remember them no more. This was completely fulfilled in the work of Jesus on the cross.

Every person on this earth has made the choice to sin against God as they began to grow up. At some point in their lives many people have chosen to accept Jesus into their life and be forgiven of those sins. However, because of their being human, all will make the mistake of sinning against God at times, despite their following Jesus.

Most believers are willing to go before Jesus to ask for forgiveness. During the Sunday morning service he feels the Holy Spirit point out some sin in his life, and so he goes to the altar asking for forgiveness. God, in His great love and mercy, forgives immediately and forgets that sin.

Many, however, remember that sin. Suddenly they feel that they cannot be loved by God anymore because of that sin. This happens more often when the sin has been done more than once. People condemn themselves for past sins and do not allow themselves to forgive themselves.

God is always right there waiting to blot out sins. It is one of His greatest desires to do. It pleased Him to send Jesus to the cross, because that meant He could forgive everyone of their sins.

When the times arrive where you may start to remember a past sin, and wonder if you were forgiven, stop and know that God has forgiven you. Do not be like many and seek forgiveness a hundred times for the same sin. Once repented of that sin is gone. God no longer remembers it.

You can walk in joy and peace knowing that you are clean before God, once you have repented of a sin. You are not above God. If God can forget your sin, you must also forget it. Let it go in the past once repented of. Live the life God is giving you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that you will know God’s great love and mercy for you; that God will help you to forget the past sins in your life; and that you will live the life God has for you.

Psalm 106:13 Forgetting And Not Waiting

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13

The psalmist is talking about the time when the Israelites were taken out of Egypt and were in the desert. They had almost immediately forgotten what God had done to get them out of Egypt and started complaining about the desert. They were unwilling to wait for God to fulfill His plan for them.

When a promise is made to a person, it is usually expected to be fulfilled very quickly. If a person borrows some money from a friend, it is usually expected to be paid back within a few weeks or maybe a month or two, but not having to wait a few years for the payback. With businesses, contracts are usually drawn up and signed to state when the agreement must be fulfilled.

With a friend, one must look back on how that friend has been in the past to know what to expect in the future. If he has always fulfilled his promise, then most likely he will continue to do so in the future, though it may take some time.

God is faithful in keeping His promise to do what He says He will do. However, often people must wait for the promise to be fulfilled.

You know the number of promises God has made for you. Some of those are to all believers, while others are specific to you alone. You may be waiting for some of those to be fulfilled.

As you are waiting, you must think back to all that God has already done for you. Think about all the promises He has already fulfilled in your life.

When you forget what God has already done, you begin to question whether He can do more or whether He will actually do more for you. God has not forgotten you or His promises to you.

Be patient and wait for Him to unfold His plan for you. In the right time God’s plan for you will be fulfilled. His promises will come about at the perfect time.

Do not give up on God. He is faithful to you. Keep waiting and trusting, and in the end it will be worth it.

I pray today that you will know God’s promise to you; that you will remember what God has already done for you; that God will give you strength to wait for Him; and that God will finish His plan for you.

Hebrews 6:10 Not Forgotten

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10

Everywhere a person looks there are things that have occurred that are not seen. Look at a business that looks very clean. Usually the cleaning occurs at night, afterhours. The work being done shows greatly, but the one who did it is not seen. If the work was not done, everyone would very quickly notice.

This same type of work occurs in the church. There are things done behind the scenes. The book work for the records, the cleaning, the sermon preparation, the building maintenance, the worship practice, and many other things. Many of the people who do these things are unseen by the general church. Very few people will give thanks to them for their work.

Along with this, outside the church, there are believers who are doing little things for God all the time. The helping mow an elderly person’s yard, providing a meal for a family in need, paying someone’s bills, giving an encouraging word to someone, praying with someone, and many other things.

All of these things are often done in ways that seem unseen and ungrateful. Yet, God sees all of these things. He is also keeping a list of everything thing that is being done.

You may be one of these people doing something that does not seem to be accounted for. You may feel like no one is grateful for all the hard work you are doing behind the scenes. Yet, God sees all your work. He will not forget what you have done for Him.

There will come a day when God will reward you openly for all that you have done in secret. Do not become discouraged and give up. Keep working for the Lord, even when it seems like it is unseen.

God has promised great rewards for those who are doing His work. Those rewards may come in this life, or in life eternal, but they will come. Trust God and rely on Him to give you the strength to keep working for Him.

I pray today that God will strengthen you as you do His work; that God will reveal some of the rewards He has for you; that God will reveal to you ways to love and help others around you; and that God will provide abundantly for all of your needs as you pour into others.

Hebrews 10:17-18 No More Needed

“Then he adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” Hebrews 10:17-18

The author of Hebrews again quotes from the Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:34. At the original time of this quote Jeremiah was looking forward into a future time. God was stating that there would come a day in which He will not remember a person’s sin or lawless acts. This was stated while still under the Law requiring sacrifices.

It is easy to forget that God was in control since the day Adam and Eve sinned. Many forget that even on that day He had a plan already in place to save all men from their sins. God knew that He would have to get rid of the sin in order to ‘not remember it’ anymore. Often people think that God felt He messed up and had to try a different plan–requiring sacrifices; and, then, when that did not work, He decided to send His Son to die for us. This was not the case at all. Jesus dying on the cross was the plan from the beginning. After Jesus died and rose again, God is willing to forgive the sins of all who believe in Jesus and what He did.

Here the author states that since man is forgiven there is no need for a sacrifice. Nearly every person will agree that there is no need for animal sacrifice anymore. But many will try to sacrifice other things because of a past sin. Often people will give extra money to the poor to “pay” for their sins and make themselves better for God; or they will do a charity work that they do not really want to do; or they will deny themselves any pleasure. Others will often quit praying because they feel God will not hear them anymore because of some sin they did. Still others will ask God to forgive them of a sin that they have asked forgiveness of a thousand times already. None of these things help at all.

God hears every person, no matter what he has done, if he calls out to Him with a sincere heart. When we accept what Jesus has done for us, we must accept that God has forgiven us and cast out the record of that sin. There is nothing that we can do to help purge a past sin from our lives, Jesus has done it all.

Today we need to rest assured that God has forgiven us of every sin we have repented of. If we ask God with a sincere heart to forgive all of our sins (without mentioning each one by name) He is willing to forgive immediately forever those sins. Do not try to add any type of sacrifice to God for your sins. Only seek God and do what He is calling you to do…nothing more, nothing less.  Turn away from those sins and nothing more is ever needed.

I pray that today God will reveal to you His love and forgiveness He has for you; that God will help you to see that you are forgiven in Jesus; that God will help you to see you do not need to do more to be forgiven; and that God will reveal to you the service He has in store for you each and every day.

Hebrews 2:1 Pay Careful Attention

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

The author here tells us to pay the most careful attention to what we have heard. What is it that we have heard that he is talking about? It is the mighty moves of God in the Old Testament; the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets; the many teachings of God; and the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. We have heard about how God is in control, and how Jesus provides salvation. The Bible tells us how to live our lives. Now the author says to pay the “most careful attention” to all this information.

What is most careful attention? How often do we listen to someone talking and then they ask for a response and we have to ask what did you say? Or how often are we told by someone about something coming up and the two days later have already forgot about it. It is very easy to overlook common things, or things that are not very “important”. Yet the author here talks about most careful attention.

We need to keep a close eye on all the details of the Bible. It is very easy to overlook the small things in the Bible, but this is also what we must pay attention to. Everything in the Bible was put there by God for a purpose. As soon a a person forgets the details and what he has learned, that person starts to drift. A person driving down the road must pay attention to the speed limit, turns in the road, other traffic, wild animals, anything on the road, where he is at on the road, how much fuel he has, how hot the engine temperature is, and many other things to safely drive down a road. If he forgets to look at any of these things on a regular basis, problems can occur very quickly and possibly result in a castrophic event.

In life if you start to forget or ignore the teachings you have learned in the Bible you also will start to drift. One will start to slowly pull away from God and drift into more and more sin. The end result will be eternal punishment in hell.

I pray that today you will examine your life and see if you are drifting already. If you are seek God to get back on track. I pray that God will touch the hearts of everyone reading this and bring to remembrance everything he/she has learned from the Bible; that He will give you strength to stay focused on the path He has for you; and that He will not allow you to drift off the path.