Topic: Because They Forget God!
[DCLM Daily Manna 10 October 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Psalm 78:10-20 (KJV)
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
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19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
Key Verse: “They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them” (PSALM 78:10,11).
One of the weaknesses of the human nature is forgetfulness. It is sad that man does not often look back into the past to learn from it. This weakness costs him much. The present is often too loud and allowed to blot the memory of the past that can help him to better live and survive the future. While it is true that we must not be so tied to the past, yet we cannot totally forget those things in the past that helped us to where we are now. This unfortunately is what most people do and are suffering the bitter consequences today.
That was the problem the children of Israel had repeatedly in their history. They kept forgetting God’s dealings, faithfulness and mercies towards them. They had experienced great wonders and the miraculous that no other nation around them had experienced, yet they kept forgetting God. Their forgetfulness led them to doubting God’s power and ability to meet their present needs and as such, made them to turn to other gods for help.
When we forget God and His past faithfulness and dealings in our lives, we suffer much. Forgetfulness is the reason for the unbelief, fear, complaints and murmuring of some Christians today. And it is what brings about defeat, failure and backsliding. If we are careful to look back to recall even a little of the mercies and deliverances God has wrought for us in the past, we will come to understand that whatever present challenges we may be facing, they are no match to God.
We need to help our memory not to forget God and wander from Him; raise monuments of testimonies of God’s goodness; read and listen to testimonies of His faithfulness to others.
Thought For The Day: Forgetfulness breeds fear and defeat.
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