Friday, July 06, 2007

Psalm 50:22

Consider this, you who forget God,
or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:
(NIV)
There are two things that I would like to say about this verse.

The first is this, I feel lately like I am surrounded by people who forget God. I am not talking about the typical thing that you might read on a blog about the media and modern day America... No, I am talking about in my own back door. People who I once thought would never be forgetful of God, now they are throwing their lot in and going down the wrong path. It is both frustrating and depressing. We expect the world to forget God, but when those who are close do this, it just seems so much different.

The second thing that I would like to say is that I also seem to forget God. I don't like to admit this, but it is true. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, why was he just stating how frustrated he is about others doing this, when he himself does the same thing? Good Question.

I believe that we all have times in our lives when we forget God. The most righteous of us will still fall (Prov.24:16), but with the righteous our fallings are always accompanied by a rising. We are His workmanship.

The real point that I want to make here is this: So many of us who are striving toward God often jump to our failures. Every time that we read scripture we jump to that, and that is not an altogether bad thing to do. It is important to point scripture to our own hearts. But I believe that it essential that we do not skip the first point that I made. There are people who for get God and do not seem to even care. They justify their behaviors and expect us to do the same thing. Once again, I am not talking about the nameless crowds of people, I am talking about those who are close to us, who we have helped, who we have encouraged; then they turn and forget God.

We must not forget our own hearts and our own sinfulness, but lets not forget that there are verses like these. They are not directed at the person who is the struggling Christian, they are directed at the person who has made their life about forgetting God.

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