In Proverbs 3:1, there is this great command/encouragement/awesome nugget of wisdom by Solomon written to his son. It says, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will be added to you.” Solomon is warning his son not to do something we all do: forget. I am an awesome forgetter. It’s a gift. Not one of those good gifts, but more like getting underwear for a gift when you are 7. I am really awesome at forgetting two things: 1. what my wife tells me, and 2. what God tells me. Now I don’t want to get into number 1 because there could be trouble there, so let me talk about number 2 because I think we might all struggle with this.
Solomon is giving his son some great practical and spiritual wisdom throughout Proverbs and wants him not to forget the spiritual truth he is sharing. I have to think that some of the heart behind this is a man, Solomon, thinking “I wish I hadn’t forgotten.” So why is it that we forget what God says to us?
We forget when times are good.
Often when life seems to be going great, people forget about God. Your Job is great. The family is healthy. You have extra money. When some or all of this happens, you instinctively jump to “look how great I am doing.” You don’t intentionally leave God out, but in your blissful life, God somehow gets forgotten about.
We forget when times are rough.
When you are stressed or life isn’t going well you often forget about God. You jump to worry and thoughts of “how am I going to get myself out of this mess.” God becomes an after thought or a last resort. You try everything you can think of, and when those don’t work, then you go to God.
We forget when we get busy.
How many of you are too busy for God? Those exact words wouldn’t come out of your mouth, but you have filled your life with so much stuff that God gets the scraps at the end of a hectic day which usually amounts to nothing. If your relationship with God is supposed to be the greatest thing you have in life, then how much good are you letting get in the way of what is great?
How do you not forget about God
The key is consistency. This is not a “you should read your Bible more and pray more” post, those things are good though. If I am going to remember something, I have to constantly be going over it in my head. I repeat it over and over again until I have it down. If you are going to remember what God has said to you, all the promises and commands, all the blessings and warnings, you must have them consistently in front of you. And what it means to have God consistently in front of you may look different for each person.