Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11
Deuteronomy has one particular goal for God’s people: always remember lest you forget.
In the early 1990s, during my orientation to college, they showed clips from Robert Olney’s, “Where There’s a Will, There’s an A.” He noted that over the course of a 24-hour period, students will forget 40% of what they learned, and 80% over a 48-hour period.
We forget. Oftentimes, the urgent of what’s happening (getting kids to school, paying bills, getting through traffic, etc.) overshadows the important. There’s an old hymn that many of you have sung over the years with the chorus:
King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be. Lest I forget thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary. Lest I forget Gethsemane Lest I forget thine agony Lest I forget thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.
That’s such a great reminder for all of us as followers of Christ, since we are such a forgetful lot. It’s been said that for churches and movements in Christianity, the first generation was active for the gospel, the second generation was attracted to and by the gospel, and the third generation is apathetic about the gospel.
We forget it.
We take it for granted.
We assume it.
Read your Bibles, everyone. It is there you are reminded of His person, power, promises, and purposes. It is there you see Christ.