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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psa. 103:2). “Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God…Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses… when thy herds and thy flocks multiply … and all that thou hast is multiplied; then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God” (Deut. 8:11-14). Notice that in fullness Israel forgot. It seems abundance causes amnesia.  As a nation, Israel forgot what God had done for them and they limited the Holy One of Israel (Psa. 78:41). Israel forgot God but God remembered them (Psa. 78:39). The Bible states that Israel army numbered 603,550 men from 20 years and upward (Ex. 38:26) It is reasonable to assume that the all Israel including women and children could compare to Chicago (2,608,4252 population in 2023 – Google). Think of moving the city of Chicago across the wilderness. You would need about 750 square miles to camp. Daily you would need about 11 million gallons of water, and about 4,000 tons of food. God did this faithfully for 14,400 days (40 X 360) Daily God provided their needs: warm fire nightly; cloud shelter daily; water continually flowing; morning manna; evening quail and their wardrobe of clothes and shoes did not wear out (Deut 8:4). But in their fullness they forgot!

But in their fullness they forgot God. Again, it seems abundance causes amnesia. Think: For over 240 years God has also  faithfully blessed America. It seems America as Israel in our fullness has forgotten God. God has not forgotten us so we need to remember Him. Forget not His many daily benefits and blessings. “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” Realize that the most important things in life are not things, but people. Don’t love things, but love people. “Blessed is the nation (and people) whose God is the Lord” (Psa.33:12). God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. In your fullness, don’t forget!  Abundance can cause amnesia.  In our fullness this Thanksgiving –  Think Then Thank.  

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