THE SIN OF FORGETFULNESS
“Then beware lest thou forget the Lord.” Deut. 6:12. God had just been instructing Israel through Moses in Deut. 6:6-11 concerning Israel’s entrance into Canaan. They were told of the blessings in store for them there. These Jews who had been redeemed by the price of blood from Egypt became very guilty of forgetting God’s goodness in the past, and complained constantly. In fact, every Jew in this original crowd that came or from Egypt from twenty years old and up died in the wilderness because of their forgetfulness of God and their sin of murmuring against Him. Numbers 14:29. Only two of them got into Canaan. They were Joshua and Caleb. Numbers 14:30. Nothing is more dishonoring to God, grieving to the Holy spirit, reproachful to Christ’s work on Calvary, and degrading to the Christian and his testimony than to forget God’s benefits. Psa. 103:1, 2
I. WHEN DO WE FORGET?
We are prone to forget God under only two conditions.
1. Under the pressure of adverse circumstances.
The same God that sustained Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Christ, Paul, and the early day
Christians can do the same for us. Acts 27:25; Matt. 4:1-11
2. Under the ease of prosperity. Deut. 6:6-17; 8:10-18
II. WHAT DO WE FORGET?
1. What we were delivered from.
(a) Spiritual death. Eph. 2:1
(b) Bitterness, bondage, and burdens of sin. Ex. 1:11, 14; Isa. 38:17
(c)Vileness, corruption, total depravity. Psa. 64:6: Jer. 17:9; Psa. 53:2, 3
(d) Hopelessness and helplessness. Eph. 2:12; Rom. 5:6
(e) Fear of death, hell, and judgment. IT Cor. 1:10
2. The many blessings accompanying salvation.
(a) Unspeakable joy. I Pet. 1:6, 8
(b) Heavenly pleasures. Psa. 16:11. cf. Heb. 11:25
(c ) Eternal security. John 10:28, 29; Eph. 1:13, 4:30
(d) Absolute assurance. II Tim. 1:12
(e) God’s goodness and mercy under crisis. Psa. 50:15; Lam. 3:22; Heb. 13:5
3. That God is a jealous God. Deut. 6:14, 15; Ex. 20:5; Deut. 7:6. Any wife who has any forethought at all relative to legitimate jealousy on the part of her husband won’t dare give another man any thought. Even so with the Christian. A careless Christian knows nothing of the fact that God has an attribute of legitimate jealousy for those who belong to Him. Otherwise, such a Christian would fear exceedingly to court sinful things. Jer. 2:19; Prov. 6:34
III. WHY DO WE FORGET?
Because of neglect of God’s Word. It is a significant fact in the Bible concerning God’s
dealings with backslidden Israel, that each time they got in a backslidden state, God always called them back to His WORD. To neglect consistent Bible study is to fail to obey His command to study it. II Tim. 2:15. To fail to remember God in this respect results in:
1. Lack of assurance of salvation. II hit. 1:9
2. Lack of a prayer life. Luke 18:1
3. Lack of a well-guided life. Acts 16:6-34; Isa, 30:21
4. Lack of a Christian spirit when irritated. Prov. 15:1; 12:16
5. Lack of proper influence on others. I Tim. 14:12-16