Good Times Can Make Us Forget
But I have been the Lord your God
ever since you came out of Egypt.
You shall acknowledge no God but me,
no Savior except me.
I cared for you in the wilderness,
in the land of burning heat.
When I fed them, they were satisfied;
when they were satisfied, they became proud;
then they forgot me.
- Hosea 13:4-6
One of the challenges of summer is forgetting. When the sun is shining on our life, when relationships are fun and finances are good, we have this tendency to think it's our fun personality, our hard work, our resourcefulness that have made things so good. It's easy to forget God in those seasons, isn't it?
I want to remind you that forgetting God is normal, so don't think you're some horrible person. It's like how we start to take for granted the people we love instead of really appreciating them. So what God does first is to grieve - you hear his longing in this passage, because he's missing connecting with you.
Then, inevitably, whether in a short time or long, the season shifts. You could call it God's little invitation to remember. The leaves start to fall, the winds blow, the rains come... as a reminder that we need God's grace and strength each day.
So why not take time now, in this season (whatever it is) to seek God, to thank God, to worship God, to tell God your sorry for forgetting and to remember all of his goodness to you.