Summary: God’s request that we do not forget Him.
Forget Me Not
Back when I was a child I remember a Hallmark card or a flower shop commercial around Valentine’s Day with the slogan “Forget Me Not”. I cannot remember the specifics of the ads except that you should not forget the one you love on that special day and what better way to show that than with a nice card and flowers. This Wednesday would not be the day you’d want to forget that special someone in your life – just a hit for all the guys and gals here today. My message this morning is titled “Forget Me Not” and I am not talking about our personal relationships with each other, but our relationship with God. Just imagine in your mind that right now, at this moment in time, God is asking you not to forget Him. With that said, think about how many times you have forgotten something. Do you remember what you went through when you finally remembered what it was you forgot? Sometimes you were glad you remembered while there were other times when you were embarrassed that you had actually forgot. Then there were the times when we were children that we did some things that our parents firmly told us not to do. When we got caught we swore that we had forgotten that were not supposed to do whatever it was that we did. Sometimes we did forget but probably most of the time we knew better but we did it anyway hoping that we would not get caught. But the excuse of “forgetting” always sounded better rather it was true or not. This morning I want to talk with you about how our tendency to forget things on a spiritual level continues to get us into trouble.
Last week during my message on being blessed, I asked you two questions. The first question was “How many of you think you are blessed?” Almost everyone in the room raised their hand in agreement that they thought they were blessed. Then I asked this question: “How many of you know that you are blessed?” When I asked that question, again, almost every hand went up. I shared with you at that time that you cannot have it both ways. Either you think you are blessed or you know it. This same theory holds true for your understanding of God. A lot of people “think” they know God while others actually do “know” Him. Before I go any further, let me give you the definition of “think” and “know”. Webster’s dictionary defines “think” as “to form or have in the mind; to judge or consider; to have an opinion.” Webster also defines “know” as “to be well informed about; to have knowledge; to be aware of; to recognize or distinguish.” Can you see the difference between think and know? When you know something there is confidence, assurance based on some concrete evidence. When you “think” something, depending on the situation, there could be confidence, but there could also be a lot of doubt because all of the evidence may or may not be present. When you know, it is hard to be swayed. When you “think” you know, it represents an opportunity for your mind to be changed.