July 10, 2012
Remembering the Lord
Love takes time and attention otherwise it can drift in our lives. When you first become a follower of Jesus Christ it’s so exciting and it’s new; you feel like you have this new lease on life. It’s awesome and it’s thrilling but then as time goes on – if you don’t cultivate and nurture that relationship you can begin to drift in your relationship.
Check this out, God said of His people, "When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me."Hosea 13:6
“They forgot me.” They forgot God – the one who made it all. The one who provided their every need. Aren’t we capable of that? We are all capable of drifting. I’m capable of forgetting.
When we forget God it’s not like we wake up and choose to do it. I think it’s often subtle and slow. It kind of works like this: you get real busy in life; you have work responsibilities; you’re consumed with hobbies, work, and maybe family issues.
Over a period of time your church attendance gets more sporadic. You hit church here and there and then maybe you stop going completely. Your prayer life is almost non-existent. You used to pray more often when it was all fresh and new. Then maybe we get to a place where we stop hanging out with other believers outside of church.
Over time we just remove God from the place that He used to be in our heart and lives and we insert... ourselves. We’re number one. We think about ourselves constantly. We’re the ones we primarily serve and are consumed with. God gets moved to the side and put up on the shelf. Oh sure, we still believe He exists, and we might even take Him off the shelf if we have an urgent need in our lives. But for the most part He is out of the equation. Slowly, imperceptibly, we have forgotten God.
It happened to the Israelites thousands of years ago. It can happen to us if we are not careful. Those words, “… they forgot me.” echo in the lives of millions even today. Relationships take time and if we don't nurture them we drift. We have to remember God in all that we do.