“And thou shall remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou would keep His commandments, or no” (Deuteronomy 8:2).
In today’s world where every moment is filled with one busy-body activity or another, i.e., work, business, recreation, pleasure or service it has become all too easy to forget “the Lord thy God.” How does this happen in the life of any God believing, God-fearing and/or God serving Christian? I believe that it happens because of the artificial distractions of the world.
It sounds odd that a Christian can believe in God and at the same time fail to remember Him or the things that He has done for you. A recent study conducted by the Harvard University Center for Theology and Religion found that almost fifty percent, 47% to be exact, of Christians participating in the study said they believed in God, but not all the time. The participants stated that there are times in which they do not think about God. It is a sad but sure bet that if you do not think about God you are not likely to remember Him either.
I am having an above average degree of difficulty understanding the concept that belief in the Almighty God of heaven and earth is available with an “On-Off” switch. What will they think of next? “Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David” (I-Kings 11:4). King Solomon, the son and successor to King David, was blessed by God with a wise and understanding heart, riches and wealth, and honor such as none of the kings have had before or after him.
“Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in keeping His commandments, and His
judgements, and His statutes, which I command thee this day” (Deuteronomy 8:11). This is where it gets very sad, King Solomon loved many strange women, however, he did not remember the words which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, “Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon’s love for these strange women became a distraction to him, that is what seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines are, a distraction. Lo and behold, sadly, they guided him away from everything godly.
A sad observation of too many Christians today is that it takes much less to turn away our hearts from remembrance of God. It happened to Solomon, whom God had appeared to twice, and had commanded him about these things, that he should not go after other gods at the urging of others. Men are equally adept at leading their fellow-man astray as
women are neither sex has an exclusive grip on this ability. I am certain that God’s warning to the male, Solomon, would be equally proper if Solomon were female.
The focus of today’s Christians, male and female, seems to have shifted to the pursuit of material and status, power and prestige, anything except the commandments and statutes of the Lord God. We need only look at the rating system of television programming to understand that the wisdom and words of television psychologist and feel good authors of
new age spiritualism are preferred over the Word of God. The children of Israel and King Solomon learned in their day and modern Christians will learn in our day that there are consequences and repercussions to our memory failure.
We have to ask ourselves, how long will God tolerate such behavior before He snap our focus back to him? God let Solomon live the good life, and a long one, but near the end the peace and prosperity that he had enjoyed was taken away. The Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from Him. “And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish” (Deuteronomy 8:19). Moses warning came a little late for Solomon.
Humanity may be easily distracted but God is always mindful of every event that takes place throughout creation, from the smallest to the greatest. We may not be as honorable or gloriously blessed with material wealth and wisdom as Solomon, but God holds us to the same standard. When we forget Him, we are reminded that we have not kept His covenant and statutes which He has commanded us. For that reason alone God is justified to take the blessings away and give them to someone else.
I can imagine that Solomon was sad to have his peace broken, but he allowed the distractions to turn his heart away from God. In the end God exercised His prerogative to take the kingdom from Solomon and give it to his servant and it is His prerogative to take back the things He has given to us. It is a foolish Christian indeed that says “My power
and the might of mine hand have gotten me this or that.” No, they did not!
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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