Once in a while, we develop this amnesiac feeling in us. It is not of our intention to forget but chances are, we forget unconsciously – especially when we are so busy. While I can say that this is normal once or twice in life, it is also abnormal to forget all the time. Months ago, I have witnessed a sad story of two families who are working abroad for a long time. These families are active members in a local church they belong to. When they were still aiming and planning to work outside the country, the church prayed hard for them and every member was really supporting them in prayers. God’s time came and they were able to go, work there, renewed contracts back and forth, bought some properties and prosperity was something they have enjoyed. One thing – the saddest part – they forgot about the church.
Forgot about the people who prayed for them.
Forgot about the servant of the Lord who took care of them as a father in the faith.
Forgot that, they were not just frequent visitors of the church, but members.
Forgot who they were, when money and prosperity were still not there.
And totally forgot about GOD.
The story unfolds true also to us, even if we’re working abroad or not. And it has happened for generations, way back to the time of Exodus. We understand why God made a clear reminder (Deuteronomy 8:11 “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God…”) because He knows that there’s a possibility for us to forget.
Here are some simple ways so that you won’t forget God:
- Continue to be an active member of your local church wherever you may be. There are many ways that you can help. You can send a letter of thanks to the church or to those people who have helped in praying for you, so that they may know your latest updates as well.
- Find a local church in your workplace area. If you cannot get a referral from your church pastor, you can inquire from your co-workers if there’s any church around the area where you can go during the Lord’s day.
- Read the Bible first before going to work. Remember that life is hard. And it is so much harder without knowing what the Lord says in His word and without knowing His promises for you.
- Be faithful in giving. In every blessing, don’t forget that the Lord has a part in it. Put in your mind that every blessing is a testing.
- Have a quality time for prayer. A conversation with God is a bridge that gives you joy which cannot be compared to any material thing. It is a line of communication where you can tell God everything about your gratitude and praise to Him, your problems and the remaining dreams you still have in your heart.
Deuteronomy 8:11 to 18
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: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.