When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you-a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant-then when you eat and are satisfied 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery
I traced Barkley’s face with my hand, “I just don’t want to forget. I don’t want to forget you at this exact moment, the way you looked at this exact stage.” It echoed again in my head, “I don’t want to forget you, little Barkley!”
My very plea is one that is echoed by God to us, “…be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Deuteronomy 6:11)
You see, the Lord promises us deliverance from whatever we are in today but his plea to us is: never forget where you came from. The lesson that we continually learn through the Israelites is that they kept FORGETTING their God. God can do miraculous things in our lives, but we quickly forget. God can deliver us, and see us through the toughest moments, and yet we forget. When things are good, we forget. Without a desperate need for God, we don’t give God much notice. It is in our human weakness that we turn towards God.
How quickly do we forget our children’s faces in their youngest years? My friend recently sent me a video of Paxton at the stage Barkley is now, it’s only been two years, but I was shocked at how fat and round his face was! He was huge!
When you enter the land of plenty, when your dreams are finally met, don’t forget to stay thankful. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the famous Christian theologian said, ““It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!”
Don’t forget your Lord when you feel like you’ve finally arrived into your longings.