“And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (Deuteronomy 6:10-12 ESV)
We are so prone to forget the Lord when things go well. I have agonized over a sermon and consequently spent ample time wrestling with the Lord in prayer for clarity and words to speak and then, having delivered a well received sermon I have found myself failing to give thanks until the day is past. How easily I forget!
What is the antidote to such forgetfulness? Moses writes to “take care.” This is what the disciplines of grace are meant to help us with. The weekly commitment to corporate worship, the daily practice of prayer and Bible reading, the involvement in the community, and the intentional pouring yourself out are all part of disciplines of grace.
How is your discipline? How is you memory?
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Dt 5-7, Ps 72