Today, I am happy to bring you a guest post by my friend Janet Thompson, whose book Forsaken God? Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten just released yesterday. It explores biblical examples of forgetting God as He repeatedly pleads for His people to remember His mighty acts and deeds. I’m sure you will find it interesting, helpful, and timely.
Janet is an international speaker, freelance editor, and an award-winning author of 18 books including Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer and Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter. She is also the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries.
Here’s Janet’s post…
How Good is God? I Can’t Remember
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” ~Martin Luther King
Sadly, today’s culture is quickly forgetting the goodness and power of our Great God. The Bible warns us not to forget God, “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” (Deut. 4:9 NLT)
In the Old Testament, the Israelites forgot the goodness of God. Every time He did something good for them, they grumbled that they wanted something else. God was only as good as the next miracle or provision. A forsaken God.
We wonder how the Israelites could be so blind and ungrateful. Why couldn’t they trust God, who provided and protected them in the past, to do the same in the present and future? But their memories were short.
If we don’t remember what God has already done, we won’t believe what He is capable of doing in the future. Memory builds faith.
The original generation freed from Egypt never saw the Promised Land because they doubted God’s goodness. We shake our heads at how dense and blind they were: we would never forsake God. But wait . . . can’t we be guilty of the same forgetfulness?
God has done amazing things in our lives, too, but when the next crisis arises, we panic that He might not show up for us this time. Or when prayers are answered, we might take credit ourselves or offer praise to someone else instead of giving God the glory and recognition He deserves.
We would never intentionally forsake God, but if we’re honest, we do unintentionally forget him.
Our morally deteriorating culture has forgotten God’s goodness to its own peril. They quickly try to eliminate God from the public square and even in the private domain. Christians need to help a lost world remember God and that starts with consistently remembering Him ourselves.
One effective way is to share your testimony. As a Christian speaker, I give parts of my testimony every time I speak. “Feed my sheep” is my testimony of God clearly speaking those words to me. When I said an obedient “OK,” He revealed the sheep were women and feeding was mentoring.
But you don’t have to be a speaker to share your story. Someone today needs to hear how Jesus changed your life. Our hurting world needs to hear from the Christian world about its source of joy and hope.
Will the next generation even know God? The very survival of the Christian faith depends on creating a culture of God-memories that must start now! So let’s agree that forgetfulness will stop with our generation.
***Portions of this article are shared with permission from Forsaken God? Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten.
Visit Janet at: womantowomanmentoring.com