Sound familiar? It’s an often used phrase that most of us have used on many occasions. There are times when we do forget some things. And there are times when we use that phrase when we did not forget “anything” - we simply 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” 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. Our very life may depend on the promises we make to Him.
Solomon reminded 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 or stray from Your teachings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.