My family makes fun of me because I take pictures of almost everything, everywhere we go. I understand their argument – they want me to “be in the moment” and just enjoy it while we’re there. I realize there’s a balance to be had.
However, there’s a reason we take pictures of things we see now – we want to remember them later. And without a picture, what we’ve seen will soon fade from our memory. It’s just a reality. God certainly understands our inability to remember what we’ve seen. As His children were on the threshold of entering Canaan, God had Moses speak these words:
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (Deuteronomy 4:9)
Other translations actually say to “keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen…” The implication is pretty clear – there’s a very serious need for us not to forget what God has done for us.
Later in the chapter, we see that need when Moses reminded the people, “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He made with you” (v.23). Taken together we see that God wants us to remember what He has done for us (v.4), and what He expects us to do in return (v.23). But if we forget Him, along with His goodness and grace toward us, we will likely drift from the road He has asked us to walk.
Take a moment to recall the things your eyes have seen God do; then consider if you’re doing what He’s asked of you. –Dave
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