Sometimes, in my busy, hectic life, I begin to lose sight of all that God has done for me. I get caught up in the affairs of the day, and the blessings of days past become a distant memory.
I have learned over the years by growing closer to God, it is when the affairs of this life start to press in, you must really focus on who God is and what He has done for you. (I am not perfect at this as of today, but I am better than I was yesterday.)
The Bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun. ( Ecclesiastes 1:9) See, I am not the only person ever to get caught up in life and allow the miracles of my past to fall into the recesses of my mind.
In fact, the Israelites did just that when they were in the wilderness. In Exodus chapters 5-15, you read the account of the plagues God placed on the Egyptians and the parting of the Red Sea. The whole Israelite community was present for these miracles. They witnessed the supernatural provision of God through the gift of mana (Exodus 16), the pillar of fire by night, and a cover of cloud by day (Exodus 13). They witnessed the supernatural manifestation of God on the mountain in Exodus 20 and trembled with fear.
Yet, when the worries of this world encroached on them, they began to forget what the Lord had done. By Exodus 32, the Israelites were demanding an idol be made so they could worship it. They no longer revered the Lord. They no longer thanked Him for the miracles He had performed in their lives.
No, they had instead turned from God, forgetting all He had done for them—setting themselves up for judgment and disaster.
I wonder how often we are like the Israelites. How often do we get caught up in the cares of this world and forget all that God has blessed us with? How often do we allow the things of this world to blind us from the truth of God?
I know for me personally, I have gone through seasons in life where I have lost sight of my first love. I have let Him down and forsaken Him. Yet, He has never forsaken me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Now when I see myself drifting away, getting caught up in the affairs of this life, I hit my knees and ask for His guidance. I have found, He always draws me back in, and I am reminded of all He has done for me.
Today I ask, are you like the Israelites? Have you allowed the cares of this world to cloud what God has done for you? Have you drifted from His presence? If so, a simple prayer can draw you back in.
I ask you give us a clarity in our walk with You. I pray You bring to our remembrance how truly blessed we are because of You. If any of us have drifted from Your presence, please pull us back in. Search our hearts and minds and help us be more committed to our faith. Amen.
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