Forgetting God

by Kimberly B. Southall

As my family waited for the hotel elevator that Sunday morning, the couple who also awaited its arrival looked us over from head to toe. They observed our dress clothes and the Bibles my husband and I carried, and a look of guilt crossed the woman's face. As we descended in the elevator, the woman's eyes seemed glued to the Bible I held. I believe she was being chastised by God for having forgotten Him during their vacation. And, to be honest, I couldn't help but feel smug. After all, my family hadn't forgotten God on our vacation. We were faithfully visiting a local Christian church in order to worship our Savior.

Obviously, God didn't care much for my self-righteous attitude, because the Holy Spirit began to chastise me. What about all of the times I'd forgotten to pick up God's Word and read it? What about all of the times I'd been too busy to pray? What about all of the times I had forgotten God? I was just as guilty as the woman in the elevator who hadn't remembered to worship during her vacation.

When we become absorbed in our own pleasures and cease being faithful Christian servants, even for a short while, we are forgetting our awesome and loving God. Forgetting God is a terrible sin. What would we do if He ever forgot us!? Every blessing comes from Him. We would be hopeless without Him. We must always strive to keep our minds on God, act accordingly, and never forget Him.

Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God . . .
--Deuteronomy 8:11 (NIV)

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