I’m on (what I pray is) the tail end of a week and a half long cold. Over the course of this past week I’ve been struck by how easy it is to forget.
When my mind is fuzzy
When my body is weary
When my strength is gone
I forget that the same God who delivered me from strongholds is the same God who holds me now.
I forget that the same God who provided a way when there was no way, is my source of provision now.
I forget that the same God who has ordered my steps this far is the same God who “hems me in” now.
Yesterday, as I turned a corner and began to feel better physically, I decided it was high time I began to get my emotional and mental feelings in check too. After some time in prayer, I dug into my Bible study which had only been half-heartedly approached while sick.
Over and over I was reminded of truths which I know full well!
I’ve been commanded time and again to “take every thought captive to Christ”, “fix my eyes on Christ”, “think on these things”, “set my mind on the things above”, and encouraged that “He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him”.
And yet, there are times I forget.
My feelings and emotions are not dictators of truth, nor are they typically even stellar responders to truth. But when my head is fuzzy and my body is weary and my strength is gone, they sure can seem louder than truth.
Which is why it’s so crucial to remember.
How often do we read about the Israelites in Exodus and face palm at their spiritual amnesia? We’re incredulous at how quickly they forget all the Lord had done for them, and how they complain and doubt Him in their current situation. It may surprise us, but it never surprised God. He knew their tendency to forget, just as He knows mine. Often He would instruct people to build a monument after He had acted on their behalf…so they would remember the next time they were tempted to forget!
It reminds me of one of my favorite songs, “Heal the Wound”. There’s a line that says, “I’ll build an alter with the rubble that you found me in. And every stone will sing of what you can redeem!”
I’ve got a lot of stones capable of singing, sometimes I just need to revisit the monument.