"And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Take care lest you forget the LORD our God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes which I command you today. And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish."
(Selected verses from Deuteronomy 8)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ--Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
These words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, were spoken by Moses on the eve of Israel’s entrance into the land promised them by God Himself. Unfortunately, as much as things change, they stay the same. Just as Israel did so long ago, so, too, a nation today—men have forgotten God. How else can we explain the violence and riots and destruction of property? How else can we explain racism, abortion, hatred, the abuse and exploitation of women and children? How else can we explain the havoc left in the wake of death and disease? Satan seems to be running unchecked, unleashing hell wherever he feels like it. Men have forgotten God, and it’s enough to make some wonder if God has forgotten us.
Men have not only forgotten God, they’ve outright rejected Him! Who could blame God for returning the favor? He should, but just as God said to Solomon, so also He says to us, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). God will not forget those whom He created in His own image; He cannot forget those baptized in His name. For Jesus’ sake, God reached out, put His mark on you, made you His own, and “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
I know that sometimes it looks like God has forgotten us, and like the devil is succeeding in doing whatever he wants. But, Satan's power will only last a little while. One day, Christ will return and put an end to hatred and violence, pestilence and plague, and prove once and for all that He hasn’t forgotten His people. Until then, fix your eyes on Him who loves you, cares for you, and won’t ever forget you.
God's richest blessings! See you in church!
Pastor M. <t><