How Can We Ever Forget About God?

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Psalm 106:21-22
2015 Frieda P. Smith

People of God, forgetting about a loved one has to be one of the most hurtful things we can ever do to them.

Ask any couple—dating or married—forgetting birthdays and anniversaries can wreck the best and the longest of relationships. Forgetting about people we claim to love leaves wounded hearts, bruised egos, and painful emotions, for the individual we forgot about ends up feeling used, unloved, and unappreciated.

There are babies still in nurseries at the hospital and children living in foster homes because their parents gave birth to them and then forgot about them. There are older people sitting alone in nursing homes because their children put them there and then forgot about them. There are those of us who have experienced the loss of a relationship because the man or woman we were so in love with woke up one morning and forgot about us.

Keeping it real, sometimes we end up forgetting about things because something more exciting happens in our lives.

For example, when we are going through a breakup, at the moment we are crushed. Our hearts are broken. But after a while—sometimes less than a week later—we forget what we were crying about because we meet someone new.

But regardless of how many times we forget appointments or how long it took before we forgot about the one who broke our heart, how can we ever forget about God?

In the 106th Psalm that serves as our text for this inspirational message, the children of Israel were guilty as charged. After all the Lord had done for them, verse 21 says reads, “They forgot God their Savior”.

In the same way, all of us in here have been guilty at one time or another of forgetting God our Savior. We became so caught up in what was going on around us—our problems, our issues, our pain—that we too began to forget about God.

We can always tell when we begin to forget about God…we begin to lose faith that things will get better. We begin to start devising our own plans to bring resolution to our problems.
If I am talking about you today, I have a word from the Lord for you!

Verse 21 reads, “They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt”.

My friend, we should never forget about God, because He performed great things during the worst times of our lives.

As we look at the history of the children of Israel, being in bondage in Egypt had been the worst time of their lives. They had struggled through famines and displacements, but nothing they had been through previously was worse than their experience in Egypt.

In Egypt, they had not heard from God in almost 400 years. I cannot speak for anyone else, but I could not imagine not hearing from God for more than a week! What would our lives be like if God stopped speaking to us? What would we have gotten ourselves into by now if the Holy Spirit was not guiding us through the day? Where would we be? What would we be doing?

Yet, for almost 400 years while they were in slavery in Egypt, God had been silent. They prayed and God had not answered. They struggled and God had not delivered.

As we look back at Psalm 106:21, the verse reads, “They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt.”

Although God’s calling of Moses was a great thing; the signs and wonders Moses performed while standing before Pharaoh was a great thing, one of the greatest things that happened to the children of Israel in Egypt is found in Exodus 2:25 reads, “and God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.”

In the midst of the pain of captivity, God heard their groans—while they were still struggling in Egypt—God saw them. While they were crying out, God acknowledged them!

And glory to God, how can we forgot the great thing the Lord did when He acknowledged us while we were still in bondage!

We were in bondage to addictions…we were in bondage in dysfunctional relationships…we were in bondage to our bad habits…

But thanks be unto God, God heard our cries…He saw our pain and He acknowledged us!

After God acknowledged us,

How can we ever forget about God?

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