I Am Forgetful.
I lose my car keys daily, I lose my train of thought, forget where I was at in a book, the list goes on. It is so common for me to forget little things in life. However, because of my so called inability to remember things well, God has used it as a love language between us. Every time I do remember something, I praise Him because He is the one that allowed me to remember it with ease. Here’s an example: In 2014 I over heated my car, and I came home bawling because I was so disappointed that I wasn’t a good steward of the car my parents had given me. When I drove it home, smoke coming from the engine, my dad was outside and he didn’t even look phased. He just had me open the hood, and he told me he could fix it and gave me a hug. I asked the Lord right then to not let me forget that moment. He has been faithful to keep make sure that memory pops in my head whenever I need it.
In proverbs memory is a BIG DEAL. BIG DEAL guys.
Chapter 3 verses 1-7 says: 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success[a] in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:1-2: Everything we have been taught (speaking biblically) are things we need to not forget. When your mom tells you to do something and you do not get it, chances are you will in the future, and you’ll only know if you can use it in the future if you remember it…see the circle of thinking there? Awesome. Do not forsake Godly wisdom and understanding.
Proverbs 3:3-4 gives a vivid picture of what remembering these commandments looks like. BIND THEM AROUND YOUR NECK. Wow. Next it says WRITE THEM ON THE TABLET OF YOUR HEART. What does that sound like to you? Are you taking the time to memorize scripture in your life? Do you forsake his way because you forget to remember what he has shown you? These are big questions and if you need help please reach out to a parent or one of your youth leaders.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is quoted often. Here’s a secret, when verses are quoted often in your life, it’s probably because you need to hear them. So pray about how God have made that passage applicable in your life. TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART. If you are using your full heart to trust in God, there shouldn’t be room for anything else. IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM. My life would have been so much easier if before I did anything I acknowledged God in the situation. Would He approve this? Would he mourn over this? Would he rejoice in this? All questions we should be asking Him, (He is faithful and He will answer you). He will make your path straight. Are some of you on crooked paths? In chaos, fear, forgetfulness? Trust him and seek him, he will make your path straight.
Proverbs 3:7 is possibly one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible. Being wise in your own eyes means thinking your way of doing things is better than Gods, and thinking that you know better than God. OUCH! When his ways are right and pure, whether we fully understand them or not, we need to trust that his eyes have perfect vision and we see through a distorted lens sometimes (sin). Clear the mud from your eyes and look to him! Fear the Lord (believe he is God and sumbit to him-the word fear can kind of throw us of, but try to think or it as complete surrender and admiration towards God) and turn away from evil. There is so much hope in that last part, because the fact that he says to turn away means we have the ability to turn away. No longer slaves, but now free in Christ. Do not be forgetful, remember what you’ve learned and strive to learn more.
Love you all!