Our Daily Bread, Monday, February 24.
After stopping for gas in Montgomery, Alabama, Sam drove more than 5 hours before noticing he had left someone behind&md;his wife. So at the next town he asked the police to help get him in touch with her. Then Sam called his wife to tell her he was on his way back. He admitted with great embarrassment that he just hadn't noticed her absence.
How Sam could forget his wife is beyond me. But wait! We're not much different in our relationship to God. We actually fail to remember the One who created us and redeemed us. How is this possible? I don't know. But we do forget. And it's a constant struggle not to.
Man's short attention span is no surprise to God. Speaking to Israel, He offered solutions in Deuteronomy 6>. First, know the real issues of life and keep priorities straight (vv. 4>, 5>). Second, take the Scriptures seriously. Become so familiar with them that they are a part of what you think and feel and do (v. 6>). Third, talk about God to your children, and look for opportunities to tell them of His love (v. 7>). Fourth, write reminders to yourself and put them where they can be easily seen (vv. 8>, 9>). Fifth, realize that your need for God is not limited to times of obvious stress or danger. Enjoy with gratitude whatever health and happiness you have (vv. 10>, 11>).
Can we put God out of our mind? I'm afraid so. That's why we must acknowledge and obey Him continually. It's the only way of keeping Him in mind. -M.R.D.II
King of my life I crown Thee now&md;
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.
Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops.