By Rev. Jim Hughes
I Samuel 12:9: But the people soon forgot about the LORD their God, so he let them be conquered by Sisera, the general of Hazor?s army, and by the Philistines and the king of Moab.
The children of God forgot about God. They ignored the Lord to the point where they no longer even thought about Him. They went about their merry way doing what they wanted to do as if God did not even exist. We need to think about this for a few moments today.
It is a dangerous thing to dismiss God from our thoughts. When we begin to neglect our Bibles and stop praying except in times of great distress or want, we begin to travel down the slippery road of pushing God out of our lives. When we begin the process of shuffling the Lord down the list of our priorities in life, we begin shutting Him out. When we begin to tolerate sin in our lives and treat it as if it?s no big deal, we begin to push the Lord out. When we get too busy to pray, we begin to push Him out. When we find excuses to stay away from church, we begin to shut Him out. When we start avoiding being with other believers, we begin shutting Him out.
It doesn?t take too long and it doesn?t take much effort to get to the point where we soon forget about God and fall into sin. It takes a lot of work to keep the Lord fresh in our minds and no effort at all to soon forget Him. We are by nature prone to wander away from God. Only those who are determined and put forth the effort will keep their hearts pure before God.
What about you? Are you living a life determined by God, or are you crowding Him out? Are you living with the Lord on your mind, or are you forgetting that He is even a part of you? We have no one to blame but ourselves when we wander away from God and come underneath His judgment.