People Forget – ODB Devotional: 8 November 2020 + Insight
By Cindy Hess Kasper for ODB
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way.
Read: Deuteronomy 8:2, 10–18
Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 43–45; Hebrews 5
A woman complained to her pastor that she’d noticed a lot of repetition in his sermons. “Why do you do that?” she queried. The preacher replied, “People forget.”
There are lots of reasons we forget—the passage of time, growing older, or just being too busy. We forget passwords, names of people, or even where we parked our car. My husband says, “There’s only so much I can fit in my brain. I have to delete something before I can remember something new.”
The preacher was right. People forget. So we often need reminders to help us remember what God has done for us. The Israelites had a similar tendency. Even with the many miracles they’d seen, they still needed to be reminded of His care for them. In Deuteronomy 8, God reminded the Israelites that He’d allowed them to experience hunger in the wilderness, but then provided an amazing superfood for them every day—manna. He supplied clothing that never wore out. He led them through a wilderness of snakes and scorpions and provided water from a rock. They’d learned humility, as they realized how totally dependent they were on God’s care and provision (vv. 2–4, 15–18).
God’s faithfulness “continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5). Whenever we find ourselves forgetting, we can think about the ways He’s answered our prayers, and that reminds us of His goodness and faithful promises.
In what areas do you struggle to trust God? What Bible verses help you to remember how much He cares for you?
Dear Father, thank You for always being faithful. Help me to trust You in whatever I face today.
Deuteronomy 8:10–18 comes from the second (and lengthiest) of Moses’ three sermons to the people of Israel before they entered the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 5–26). Verse 3 is a key verse in Deuteronomy 8, where Moses said: “[God] humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna . . . to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” This sheds light on Jesus’ instruction to us about how to pray: “Give us each day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3).
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