Friday, 17 June 2011

They forgot God

They forgot God their Saviour, Who had done great things in Egypt, Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea. - Psalm 106v21-22

Here we find the children of Israel camped in Sinai. Moses went up into the mountain to talk to God and he was gone longer than they expected and some of them thought it was time to take matters into their own hands. They melted gold and shaped a great golden ox to worship. They forgot God the saviour. They forgot his works in Egypt. They forgot the miracles. They forgot the awesome things He had done at the Red Sea.

How could they do that?' we might ask, 'How could they forget the plagues and the provision and the amazing parting of the Red Sea? How could they forget all these wonders?'

We can say that because it is much easier for us to point fingers than to look at our own hearts. How often do you and I face a crisis when things don't go the way we want? How often do we forget God when He doesn't move as fast as we want? We may not mould a golden ox, but we worship the gods of our our minds. We turn to the gods of self reliance and self sufficiency and submit to them with worries and frets and fears.

Self reliance is a terrible god. When I worship it with my prayers of worry and fear I am as guilty of forgetting God as these people were. God forgive me. 

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