10 “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, 11 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, 12 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
God is so faithful and good to us. Countless times, we and others turn to Him in prayer to ask Him to do almost anything for us – to heal cancer, get us through a surgery, calm us at the dentist or doctor or in the MRI machine, restore a broken relationship, free us from the slavery of addiction, find something we have lost or bring us through a difficult moment of anxiety. We turn to Him at all moments of day or night when we have a need.
God almost always answers yes to such prayers and brings us safely through each crisis, large or small. Sometimes, though, the answer is “No”, and He leads us through the valley of grief and despair, holding us close, and bringing to a place of comfort and peace in His time.
But how about our side of the prayer? After He has answered our prayers and delivered us safely through our trials, how do we respond to Him? When a few days have passed, are we prone to forget all about Him and turn to something else?
The Israelites did. Over the years, in the comfort of their new land, they turned their backs on God and began to worship other idols. Are we not often tempted to do the same?
God knows that we are a fickle lot but loves us anyway. When we are feeling comfortable and full and turn our back on God, we often walk away towards some other idol, such as status, high position, fame, riches, obsessive sporting activity, making more money, abusing alcohol, drugs, gambling or anything that consumes our time and attention to the point where we have none left for Him. He surely notices and is grieved by our neglect.
God knew enough about human nature that He warned the Israelites about this very thing. Of course, in the end, they forgot the warning and turned away from the God who loved them.
Isn’t it so easy for us to do the same?
God, help me to set aside the idols in my life that pull me away from You. Help me to worship you and to be filled with gratitude for all the good gifts that You have provided and all the wonders you have done for me.