To forget is a tendency of being human. The condition of forgetfulness can be frustrating and even embarrassing at times. We forget items on a shopping list, stickers or tags on new clothes, to check the mail, to turn the light off, special occasions, appointments and even people’s names. There are many things that we do so as to help us remember. We write post it notes, we tie a piece of string to our finger, or we write on our hands. Though these devices can be helpful, they do not eradicate the human tendency of forgetfulness.
There is a forgetfulness that is even worse. It is forgetting what God has said in His Word and what He has done in our lives. Forgetfulness of Biblical truth is one of the reasons why we can be troubled by bad teaching or by temptation. There is an obsession in our culture for something innovative, or new. Now innovative and new are not always bad, but this obsession can be bad when it leads people away from old timeless truth in place of something new. Throughout Scripture God’s people are called to remember and not forget. Numerous examples are given of the terrible outcome for those that forgot God’s Word. Here are a few reminders from the Lord,
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children” ()
In the Old Testament, the annual practice of Passover was in a addition to being a picture of Christ’s future work, was designed to be a reminder of God’s great deliverance of His people from Egypt. The regular practice of communion is also given for the purpose of being reminded of our Lord Jesus Christ. Being reminded of God’s Word is of utmost importance for God’s people. The importance of being reminded of the basic truths of salvation is relevant for all Christians. It doesn’t matter if you are a young believer or a mature believer; all Christians need to be reminded regularly.
9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—
16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’