How Soon We Forget

“And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured (complained) against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots (pots of meat), and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Exodus 16:2-3

I became enamored with Rebekah the first time I saw her walk in the door of our home room class. I did not move past the enamored part, however, because I learned Rebekah was a rule follower which automatically made her my arch enemy. I forgot about all of that later in the year as I asked her to be my girlfriend. I sent her a note with two check boxes, yes or no. The yes box was much bigger than the no box as I was employing my amateur marketing strategies. She checked the yes box and made me leap in the air with excitement.

We were “dating” two months or so when things took a turn for the worse and she dumped me. I still remember the place and I can close my eyes and play out that scene in my head. I was foolish and mean in making fun of her newly-permed hair, although no lies came out of my lips. I thought it would be okay to speak my mind regardless of how it may affect her. The moment she dumped me, my mind raced for ways to win her back. She foolishly took me back several months later and I made some of the same mistakes, and in seven months I again found myself on the free agent bench. I forgot about how much I had wanted her back, and I went back to some of the things that ended our relationship the first time. I vowed to myself that if she would give me another chance, I would not mess it up and I would marry her.

Rebekah did give me a third opportunity, and I kept my word to myself and married her. Although we get along great, it has not always been fried chicken and dark chocolates everyday. I have gotten upset with her more times than I am proud of, and I have allowed the sun to go down upon my wrath. It seems that I have forgotten the many times that I prayed for her to be my wife, and the many times I felt I could not live without her. I forgot about the heartache and loneliness I felt when she was not in my life, and I forgot the happiness she brings and the great helpmate she has been to me. We often complain because we forget how good we actually have it, and like the children of Israel, we forget the goodness of our God.

The children of Israel had been delivered from the Egyptians and God even plundered the Egyptians for their sake. They had cried out for deliverance in their time of slavery, but after they were free, they soon forgot about all their previous struggles when things became difficult. We so easily forget God’s goodness and misremember the full belly of our sin and choose to forget the corresponding consequences. We somehow think our life was better before salvation, and we forget God’s deliverance from sin. We often are like that dog that returns to his vomit forgetting the ugliness of our sin. Proverbs 26:11 states, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to (repeats) his folly.” At times, we would rather complain and long for our past then be grateful for what God has done and look to Him for deliverance.

Do you find yourself dreaming about the “good old days”? Do you glamorize how it used to be? Do you forget the struggles you had? Do you forget what your life was like without Christ? May we turn to Him when the hunger and thirst come, and may He be the source for our satisfaction. May we long for Him instead of looking back to the old days. God is always faithful, and may we never forget the great things He has done.

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