“And it shall be unto you for a fringe (tassel), that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek (follow) not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use (are inclined) to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”Numbers 15:39-41
If you are like me, you have prayed for something quite fervently that required the hand of God in your life. It could have been for a sick loved one, a broken marriage, or a tremendous trial. It likely was an event you did not forget to pray about and one that compelled you to employ others to pray along with you. My heart has been burdened for others as well, and times like this cause me to pause and ask God to do what only He can do. I know that we should pray in every situation as we have been commanded, but there are some instances that stand out above others.
When God miraculously works, I am sometimes guilty of forgetting Him and go on with life as if He just did not answer my prayer. I believe this is an act of ingratitude toward God, much like a bratty kid who tugs at his mom’s arm until his question or request is answered and then he simply moves on. I am ashamed I have acted in this way, but it is true for countless prayer requests God has answered for which I did not praise Him. I am working on thanking God for answered prayer as much as I ask for it, and to not forget the great things He has done.
I asked God for Rebekah for many years before He gave her to me, and I was pretty faithful in praying for her to be my wife. I did not pray that in the sense to make her life better, but I did pray for her hand thinking how she would make my life better. I was selfish in my prayers, but even at a young age, I felt like she was someone I could not live without. God brought Rebekah into my life, and I showed my gratitude toward Him by worshipping the creation instead of the Creator. I soon forgot about the countless prayers I had prayed and He had answered, and I only saw what was right in front of me. I did not ask for me to be the man He wanted me to be, and I did not pray that God would make me a godly husband to the woman I married. I quickly forgot my God and all that He had given me.
God wanted the children of Israel to make a remembrance of what He had done because He knew the forgetfulness and wickedness of man’s heart. He knew how quick we are to take for granted the “Red Sea” answers to prayer, and how forgetful we are once our prayers are answered. If you know Him as your personal Lord and Savior, God has delivered you out of your own “Egypt”. Have you forgotten to thank Him for your salvation? The more we remember what He has done for us, the more we will strive to be holy as He is holy and has commanded us to be.
Have you forgotten all that God has done in your life? Have you thanked Him lately for your salvation and other answered prayer? Have you gone after the distractions of this world and raised up idols in your life and given them precedence over your God? How quick we are to forget the faithfulness of God, and how quick we are to wander from Him. May we read His living Word and constantly recall His goodness and faithfulness to us. Thank Him and praise Him all the day long as He is worthy to be praised. To God be the glory!