August 5

TODAY IS…

a fine day for remembering how easy it is to forget.

“They forgot what He had done, the wonders He had shown them.”  Psalm 78:11 NIV

We’ve all heard the term “fair weather friends.” These are people who are our friends as long as things are going smoothly, but tend to disappear as soon as there is trouble. They cannot be counted on and should be avoided.

In our relationship with God, many of us are the reverse. We are “foul weather friends” who look to God for help when things go wrong or when we are faced with trials and tribulations in our lives. For some unknown reason, our reliance on God disappears as soon as the storm has passed, quite often without so much as a “thank You, Lord.”

Frequently we even convince ourselves that the problem was solved or the crisis dealt with through our solitary efforts. We should know better, but we don’t. When the sun is shining in our lives it is very easy to forget the One we call upon when the storms come.

This is why it is important to have daily interaction with the Lord. He should be so very important to us that we would not conceive of doing anything without including Him. God should be as much a part of our daily existence as breathing is, which is only right since He gave us life in the first place.

It is fairly easy for us to imagine how we would feel if we had a ‘friend’ who only came to us when they needed something from us or needed our help in some way.

Certainly God can’t be pleased if the only time we include Him in our lives is when we have made a mess of it and need His help to straighten it out. It shouldn’t surprise us to find out that perhaps some of the negative situations in our lives come to pass in the first place because we fail to take God into consideration or consult with Him before making a decision or embarking on an ‘adventure.’ It is probably safe to assume that some of the things that cause us to cry out for help would not have occurred at all had we first cried out for advice, wisdom, and guidance.

We should constantly remind ourselves of all God has done for us so that we can tell Him, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago.” (Psalm 77:11 NIV).

If we all try to remember what He has done for His children throughout history, we will realize that it is easy to forget, and then perhaps we won’t.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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