"Remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
“The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend.” – A.W. Tozer
I am probably the most forgetful person that has ever lived. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is a fairly accurate description of me. My wife can tell me something, and it is almost as if she never told me, because I forget. About a year ago I installed a shelf in my bedroom beside the light switch so I would have a place to put my keys and wallet. Every day I would go through the same routine, “were are my keys and wallet”? My wife would help me look, and after about ten minutes we would find them in some obscure place. If I put my keys on the shelf I will not lose the, and if I put my wallet on the shelf I will not lose it. It sounds simple, but I often forget to put them there, and we rush down the same scenario again. My younger sister always said I acted like an eighty year old man, and I believe I have the perfected the art of forgetting like one (no offense if you are eighty and still sharp as a tack).
God in His grace understands that we can be forgetful people, and He puts things in place to help us remember. Are you a forgetful person? If so, I believe this text and truth will be and blessing to you.
If ever there were forgetful people it was Israel. Consistently, they forget about the blessings and goodness of God and mistakenly remembered the past inaccurately. Shortly after God’s miracles, they would be pining for Egypt and the “good old days”. God in His rich mercy would prove His love to them again and remind them why it was a privilege and blessing to be the Children of Israel.
In chapter thirty three of Numbers, the exodus and wilderness wonderings are recounted. Though it was a historical record, I believe God’s intentions are more meaningful than clerical record. As each of the stops and journeys were recollected, the good hand of God was seen time and time again upon Israel. I believe God was helping Israel remember their blessed history, and was encouraging them to be faithful moving forward.
Today take some time to remember all the goodness of God in your life. Ponder on all the “journeys” He has led you on and through. Think of where you have been and how He has blessed and helped you. Now, look forward to the future with this assurance, He is still here and He still wants to express His goodness to you. Remember and don’t forget God’s goodness.
Daily Scripture Reading
Numbers 33 - 34
“But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.”