SUFFERING FROM SPIRITUAL AMNESIA
With mighty demonstrations of His power and
kindness, God rescued the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery. Three
days after God parted the Red Sea, the Hebrews found
themselves with no water. God was testing them. Would they
No, they wouldn't. Instead, they began to
complain and rebel. God gave them a total of ten tests and ten
times they flunked. Their problem was spiritual forgetfulness.
Psalm 78:42 They did not keep in mind
his power, or the day when he redeemed them from the foe.
Psalm 78:11 They forgot what he had
done, and the miracles that he had shown them.
Twelve years ago, I wrote this message in
my journal: "God wants you to thank Him for His blessings
by name every day."
For ten years I did nothing, but two years
ago I rediscovered what I had written. Since then giving
thanks to God has become one of the biggest blessings of my
Sometimes when I begin my quiet time, my
heart seems as cold as ice. However, but by the time I
acknowledge that the God of the universe cares for me
personally, that He has good plans for my life, that He has
already delivered me from numerous forms of bondage, that He
continues to work in my heart, that He uses me to bless
others, etc., etc., etc., I feel like climbing on top of the
roof and shouting, "Praise God!
Hannah Smith made the same point several
decades ago in these two passages from The God of All
"We are commanded to enter into His gates
with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise, and I am
convinced that the giving of thanks is the key that opens
these gates more quickly than anything else. Try it, dear
reader. The next time you feel dead, cold, and low-spirited
begin to praise and thank the Lord. Enumerate to yourself the
benefits He has bestowed upon you, thank Him heartily for each
one, and see if your spirits do not begin to rise, and your
heart get warmed up."
"When the people praised and gave thanks,
then the house was filled with the glory of the Lord. And we
may be sure that the reason our hearts are not oftener filled
with the "glory of the Lord" is because we do not often enough
make our voices to be heard in praising and thanking Him.
This is not an exercise in positive
thinking; this is simply reminding ourselves of truth.
When we continually recount truths about
God's kindness, faithfulness, power, goodness, etc., we erect
a shield against Satan's attacks of deception and