Thursday, June 19, 2008

It Just Slipped My Mind

"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink." (John 7:37b)

Feeling a bit parched? Searching to quench that thirst with an iced tea or Diet Coke? Dive into the Word for real refreshment!I try to be diligent in my Bible reading and am often rewarded by God's speaking to my heart through particular scriptures. I pause and sometimes even write them down. The reflection usually ends there, however. This year, I would like to pursue the verses that God lays on my heart by pondering how He wants me to apply these verses in my life.

Here is what spoke to me this week:

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Deuteronomy 4:9

These words were spoken to the Israelites before they went into Canaan to take possession of the Promised Land. What had they seen? They had seen God send ten plagues on Egypt to convince the hard-hearted Pharaoh to let His people go. They had seen the Red Sea parted to let them pass and then watched that same sea cover the Egyptian chariots. They had seen manna fall from heaven and water spring from rocks after they grumbled and complained about the lack of food in the wilderness. They saw God's glory reflected in Moses' face as he descended the mountain. They saw the Ten Commandments carved into stone. Still, were these scenes indelibly written on their minds? No, they eventually slipped from their hearts so that future generations were not taught the greatness of what God had done for His people. The result was a turning away from God and continued oppression for the Israelites.

Lest we be too judgmental of these ancient people, don't we do the same thing today? How often do we remind ourselves of what God has done for us? If we don't cherish these things in our hearts, how will we pass along what God has done for us to our children? How will we create a legacy of faith in God?

Today's verse has caused me to become more intentional in recording my thanks to God: for a church rich with the promise of transformation, for new Christian friends who are pilgrims on this homeschool journey with me, for healthy children, for a providential husband, for a God whose eye is upon me and will teach me the way I should go (Psalm 32:8).

So, what verses have spoken to you this week? Post those verses on your own blog, along with how you see that God wants you to apply them in your life. Then, provide your link below so that we can drink from one another's wells of scripture.


jamie in rose cottage said...

I have read those verses before, and thought, "Can you believe the nerve of these people!?!" Then I realized we are often JUST LIKE THEM. Thanks for the reminder.

Jenn said...

When hardships arise it can be so easy for us to forget all the blessing the Lord has bestowed upon us. Thanks for a great reminder.

Anonymous said...

You would think it would be hard to forget something like the Red Sea parting! But just like the Israelites I often forget it - and make earthly situations bigger than Him. Note to self: my God is the God who made water spring from a rock!

boutcrazy said...

Thank you for reminding me to record praises. So often my journals are full of struggles. I need to be reminded that I have more praises than burdens.