“Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God… Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and thou forget the LORD thy God” (Deut.8:11-14). It seems that America, the church, and Christianity in fullness has also forgotten God. It seems this is a generation of big headaches and burping heartburn needing Alka Seltzer, MOM, Tums, and aspirins. “Americans annually consume 16,000 tons of aspirins” (encyclopedia.com
/aspirin). “Americans annually spend more than $10 billion for acid reflux” (cancercenter.com/reflux). It seems we are too full and easily forget.
America, take heed: In fullness, Israel forgot God. “They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them” (Psa. 78:10-11). They forgot their history and heritage. Israel entered Egypt with only 70 people but exited with their men of war numbering 603,550 (size of Nashville) (Ex. 38:26) Add wives and children (4X600,000) numbering at least 2.4 million people (size of Chicago). In fullness, they forgot that the armies were in back and the Red sea was in front, but God parted the waters and they safely walked across (Ex. 14:41). In fullness they forgot the fall of the wall (Joshua 6:20). In fullness, they forgot how they wandered in a wilderness without food, water, or compass, but God was with them with fire and a cloud. He led and fed them, but they forgot. In fullness, they forgot He daily sent morning manna and evening quail. He provided rivers of water from a rock. In fullness, they forgot the favor and faithfulness of God (Num. 13:27).
God faithfully provided their daily needs for (360X40) 14,400 days. Daily the mass multitude (est. 2.4 million) needed about 4,000 tons of food and about 11 million gallons of water. God promised them the land of milk and honey, but they saw giants, not God.
They saw garlic, not grapes. They saw leeks, not the Lord.
In fullness, they naturally murmured and were discontent (Num. 14:1). Contentment is not natural, but must be learned (Phil. 4:11). In fullness, they forgot their first love (Rev. 2:4). Forgetfulness is the first step away from God. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful” (Rom 1:21). Unthinkful becomes Unthankful. The Lord said, “This do in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). In other words, “Don’t forget Me.” Amazing! In fullness, they forgot, but God did not forget them. “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh” (Psa 78:39).
In fullness, have you forgotten? “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psa.103:2). “Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God” (Deut.8:11). Beware: Abundance causes amnesia and fullness can cause forgetfulness.
In fullness, they forgot!