How quickly we forget

We discussed Judges 2:7-12 and surrounding passages in small group this evening (NKJV),

So the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel.

Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died when he was one hundred and ten years old. And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Heres, in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which he had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egpyt, and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them.

That’s kind of an incredible thing, isn’t it, when you think of all that God had done for Israel, the great miracles they had seen – the parting of the sea, manna in the wilderness, the fall of Jericho, the sun standing still – to forget all that so quickly, and turn away from the true God and toward other gods? The main application of this passage suggested by the Bible study we’re going through was related to parenting, the responsibility parents have to teach their children about the great works of God, and to pass their faith on so that the next generation does not “not know the LORD”.

But it also made me think – don’t we personally suffer from the same problem of forgetfulness? There are times when God does a great work in us, or when we feel his presence or recognize his power unmistakably. And then, later, our heart forgets if our mind does not, we begin to have doubts, and we have to remind ourselves – you know better than that! You have seen great things! Remember!

I love our small group, by the way. Better people than me, all. May God be glorified.

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