Do Not Forget the LORD
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. 2Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 8
What is this passage saying? Do not forget the Lord! Remember the Lord your God! Each day is a new day, with new experiences, new opportunities, new trials-over time it can be easy to forget. So how can we remember the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord? (Psalm 78:4)
The answer-faithbooking. Whether it is in your scrapbooks with pictures and journaling and expressing yourself with your God-given talent or in a journal documenting your memories, thoughts and explorations of your faith!
We are told in Deuteronomy 11:19, “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Children enjoy flipping through scrapbooks, reading about our thoughts on this particular day. What better way to teach our children our faith, by documenting our faith right next to their picture! Even if your kids are not old enough to read yet, you can look through your albums together and tell them. When they grow up and leave home, send them with a keepsake album of their own that they can turn to in those tough times on their own!
And remember… Verse 2 really stuck out to me, “to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”
In times of trial, God was working in you and preparing you for what was to come. It is important to document the trials as well and to remember how God pulled you through. What greater testimony for your kids as they face trials of their own! Even if you don’t have kids, what about other family members and friends. Of course, you will want to remember all that God as done for you and your family-not just your trials.
Remembering in every situation God is in it with us. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 Remembering in all occasions…in birth, God is the giver of life…in death…to be in the presence of the Lord…in marriage…God is Love…in any accomplishment…God has given you the ability…Remember God when your belly is full…Remember God when things are going good. There are many more occurrences in the Bible that we are told to remember. How will you remember?
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