"I'm sorry, but I forgot about..." Sound familiar? It’s an often used phrase that most of us have used on many occasions. There are times when we really do forget some things. And there are times when we use that phrase when we did not forget “anything” – we just did not want to do what we had agreed to do.
Forgetfulness is a way of life for many. Rather than doing what they
said they would do, they use it as an excuse for an unpleasant task. For
some, it “just happens” every now and then. For all, however, it
started as part of a promise or agreement that was at one time
important. And, some promises are, indeed, more important than others.
Especially the promises we make to God. Actually, our very life may
depend on the promises we make to Him.
Solomon reminds us of this fact when he wrote, “My son, do not forget
my teaching…keep my commands in your heart…for they will prolong your
life many years and bring you prosperity.” Notice the two approaches to
the same issue – one is negative: “Do not forget” and the other is
positive: “keep them in your heart.”
“Forget” in this instance is more than allowing an obligation to
escape our memory. It involves disregarding the commandments of God,
replacing Him with false gods and idols and a lack of faith and trust.
Notice where God’s teachings and commandments are to be kept – in our
hearts. The heart, in Scripture, is the center and seat of our inner
life, including our mind, our emotions and our will. Submitting our
hearts to God is a declaration to Him that His Word rules our lives.
Prayer: Lord, grant each of us a willingness and desire to enthrone You in our hearts and never waiver. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,