Beware and forget not

Friday, June 29, 2018

When I was a young mother, it was a rare treat to eat at a restaurant that didn’t include unwrapping the entrée and a “special” toy prize. We did have one favorite “grown-up” restaurant that we took the family to on very special occasions.

It not only had fabulous Chinese food, but the waiters were amazingly attentive. The moment you drank a bit of water from the goblet they would refill it. Each waiter took care of three or four tables, so they were pretty busy.

Children, being children, of course, turned this into a game. Each time the waiter would turn his back they’d quickly take a drink as silently as possible to see if they could drink faster than he could refill. The good-hearted waiter played along with the kids, and earned a pretty good tip.

Like this good-hearted waiter, God is always blessing us and filling our “cup” with everything we stand in need of.

We have been taught in James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

However, we may try to repay or thank God for the many wonderful blessings he pours out upon us, he, like this waiter, blesses us even more.

It seems unbelievable that we could forget that all God is, is the source of all our blessings. But we do.

To understand how this happens, we need only reflect on the little 2-year-old child, stomping their little foot and clenching their chubby little fists while crying out “I can do it by myself!” It soon becomes obvious that they can’t, and the nearby adult slips in to help. The child, unaware of the help, is filled with pride, and glowingly declares “See! I did it by myself!”

We, like this little child, are so often oblivious to the divine help we receive on a daily basis. Without this realization, we may echo the sentiment from the book of Job 21:15 “What is the almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?”

As the Israelites were about to leave the barren wilderness and enter into the Promised Land, full of milk and honey, God knew that they would soon become oblivious to his hand in this abundance.

He had Moses warn them “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day.” (Deut. 8:11)

There is danger in forgetting the source of all the good in our lives. God above is that source, no matter how hard we work for it. He brought us here and blessed us with life and breath, and knowledge to do it “By Ourselves.”

We must also “beware, and forget not” to acknowledge the goodness of God in our lives. We must remember always to offer up our prayers of gratitude that we may live in an attitude of gratitude.