The term “forget” in the Bible goes beyond the basic idea of having a thought or fact pass from our mind. It is the choice to ignore someone, to stop paying attention to them. This is exactly what we do every time we sin, we forget God, that is, we push Him out of our minds. If you were truly, rightly thinking of God, you would not sin!
We all lose things, but maybe you will agree with me that the most frustrating way to lose something is to remember that you definitely put it… somewhere. You did not drop it, your spouse is not to blame – this time. You intentionally put it… somewhere, but where?? Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life? Have you forgotten where you put Him?
I can tell you confidently that Jesus did not enter your life to be put in a corner, or even some shiny Sunday parlor. If He is within you it is because you invited Him to sit on the throne of your life! But have you forgotten where you put Him? Is the Lord like the monarch of England who is crowned with magnificent pomp and grand ceremony, but is promptly ignored as the decisions of state are made? If Jesus is not first place in your life, He is misplaced, and you have forgotten Who He truly is!
“Praise” is the direct opposite of forgetting. It is an expression of thoughtfulness. How much of your regular prayer time is spent in thanking God? How often do you pause to make a special praise offering when you have received a blessing? When did you last share such a blessing with someone else in order to glorify God before them? That is when you remembered God.
Dr. Scott Jones
State Missions Director
Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches