Don’t Forget: Remember God

 from Lynda Lindsey

In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it—-one from the house of David—-one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness. Isaiah 16:5

In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands... ...You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines, ... yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain. Isaiah 17:7-8(a); 10; 11(b)

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8

Forget. Neglect. Fail to remember. Sometimes forgetfulness is merely absentmindedness, an inconvenience, like forgetting where we left our keys or glasses. A more serious forgetfulness is a contemptuous setting aside of what was once considered valuable; to deliberately disregard and turn away from something of worth. This is the forgetfulness Isaiah preached against. People contemptuously chose to worship pagan idols, the work of their own hands, deliberately scorning God. Men perverted justice. Oppressed the poor. Embraced corruption. Gained wealth by extortion. God had been infinitely patient, but judgment was coming.

To forget the God of our salvation is to reap a harvest of fruitlessness. Nothing. Pain. Ruin. Devastation. Grief. Judgment. To forget God, our rock and fortress, is to be exposed, vulnerable, open to attack. Our only hope? To remember God! His Salvation. His goodness. His love, care and protection. His mercy. Truth. Justice. Righteousness. Remember, just as He entered history once at the incarnation, He is coming again, this time to set all things right for eternity.

At that time Messiah will sit enthroned seeking justice and speeding the cause of righteousness. His reign will have no end. Look forward to it with certainty. Work toward that outcome as faithful servants of the Lord God. Jesus alone is our rock and salvation. Our fortress. We cannot be shaken. Trust in Him at all times. Set our hearts on eternity. God will bring His reward with Him. Be careful to remember God!