Psalm 10 describes the wicked. In verse 11 it says, "He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: He hideth His face; He will never see it." This accurately describes society today, and many who profess Jesus Christ, and even in the decisions the body of Christ make, in their assemblies. A few of the mainline sects today, have now chosen to practice same sex clergy, and yet others bless such unions, along with many other lifestyles they choose to live that all show the same thing, they have forgotten God Almighty, and the fruits of this shows in the things they "practice", in all that they do.
That chapter, Psalm 10, describes in amazing detail, what we are seeing so much of today. In Jeremiah 3: 20-25, God says about His people, "Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord. A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto Thee; for Thou art the LORD our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitudes of mountains; truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel. For shame hath devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us, for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God."
The hebrew word for forgotten is listed in Strongs as H7911, and is defined; (mislay, i.e to be oblivious of, from want of attention.) The definition goes further than many seem to believe I think. "From want of attention". Personally I see this as a major error among Gods people, and also among the nations. When we go to work, at whatever profession we may have, common labor, or highly professional, are we often guilty of this "forgetting" God. Or our hobbies, our daily routines, are we guilty during those times of "forgetting" God? The things we do for pleasure, to unwind, so to speak, do we "forget" God? Judging the fruit, (and yes we are told to do this, in spite of what many will teach), I believe it is painfully obvious that we do "forget" God, in much, and it shows.
Many preach a gospel that basically teaches others that we will not be judged or account for the times we "forget" God. We are still His chosen people, and He blesses us regardless. They obviously know very little about the scripture, and Gods dealing with His people Israel. They also obviously do not believe that we are to learn from their examples, as scripture commands us. My obvious question, is why? Because of what Christ did on behalf of His people? Many answer a hardy YES. Then why, blind one, does the New Testament command us to learn from them, and NOT do as they did? Absolutely, without trusting and surrendering ourselves to Jesus Christ, we are hopeless. But here is the key, those who DO are New Creations in HIM, and created, preordained, unto good works. To obedience. NOT, repeat, NOT, to "forget" God, nor take grace and mercy lightly, in Him who shed His blood for us.
We are NOT saved in order to practice many of the things we see "practiced" today, in forgetting God. As soo many show in their faith and practice. I could list, the very same things, the scripture does, but if such don't believe them, what is the point really. My son shares with me often some of the conversations he has with friends at school, and other places. It just astounds me, the beliefs that many of these young people have. The blame of their lack of biblical knowledge rest upon their parents, and those God has given to teach and lead them. And MANY of those parents have FORGOTTEN GOD, as well as those given to teach and lead them. And we wonder, what is wrong? A people who forget God, also seriously read doctrines of error in His word, precisely because in their REAL life, they have forgotten God.
The days draw short. The time for repentance draws short as well. Do not be deceived, scripture clearly tells us, and warns us, God is not mocked. God knows whether we obey Him, or whether we have forgotten Him. And each one, each person, will give an account to this One they profess, Jesus Christ. Our very lives will show our faith, and also our lack of it. Will show how much we love Him, in how we have obeyed Him, just exactly as He said. Don't play games with God. And do not think your, our, sins, will not find us out. God looks for the truly repentant. The ones who are broken before Him, and surrender to His Lordship. It is MUCH more than the words you say, it is how you live, and do, that really and truly show what you believe, and who and what you trust, and love, and serve. Whether one is truly led, and have, the Holy Spirit within them. He works to conform us unto the image of Jesus Christ. Beginning NOW!!! These are the ones who know Him, and will see Him as He is. The rest, will only hear, "Depart from Me" Do not play with GOD! He KNOWS. As Jesus stated to His churches, time and again, in Revelation, "I know your works". And beloved, He does.
Many of Gods people have forgotten Him, And some of them will frequent here. I would urge you to read what God says in this Psalms, and in Jeremiah, about those who have forgotten Him. And let Gods word speak. There is very little of that these days.
Excellent blog, Billy! I appreciate this reminder of our need to "not forget God." Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and thank you, too, for providing Strongs definition(s) of the word "forgotten."
[quote]The hebrew word for forgotten is listed in Strongs as H7911, and is defined; ([b]mislay, i.e to be oblivious of, from want of attention[/b] .) The definition goes further than many seem to believe I think. "From want of attention". Personally I see this as a major error among Gods people, and also among the nations. When we go to work, at whatever profession we may have, common labor, or highly professional, are we often guilty of this "forgetting" God. Or our hobbies, our daily routines, are we guilty during those times of "forgetting" God? The things we do for pleasure, to unwind, so to speak, do we "forget" God? Judging the fruit, (and yes we are told to do this, in spite of what many will teach), I believe it is painfully obvious that we do "forget" God, in much, and it shows.[/quote]
God bless you.
Also, the image you've chosen to accompany your blog is beautiful. I'm wondering if it's one from the paintings of Bob Ross. He was a wonderful artist of whom I am particular fond because of his unique ability to capture the beauty of the evergreen trees. [url=http://www.bobross.com/about.cfm]http://www.bobross.com/about.cfm[/url]
I applaud your call to repentance, faith and love for Christ Jesus our Lord. God has told us repeatedly the He requires, "Obedience not sacrifice." As you said if we love Him we will obey Him. He is our God and our Creator and our Savior. For all those reasons and more it is our reasonable service. Thank you. Phil
Billy this is a heart jerking blog that cuts to the quick of our being and jerks us up to a realization that we cannot 'play' at being a Christian. O Billy my prayer is that this blog will awaken us from our slumber, for indeed the time is short and the bridegroom is almost upon us.