We are forgetful and ungrateful. We are ungrateful because we are forgetful. We forget to be grateful for the things which we fail to remember were provided by a good God whom we forgot has blessed us far more than we can ever remember.
Scripture says there is a connection between daily obedience to God and our remembering who the source of our strength is.
“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments . . . otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, . . . you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’” (Deuteronomy 8:11,12,17) There is great danger in taking credit for what God has done.
The Psalmist, as he grows old, has not forgotten the Lord.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25,26)
“Don’t resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege,” is a quote from an unknown source included in Billy Graham’s book Nearing Home. The days of our lives become opportunities to experience God’s strength again and again. The truth that our strength has always come from our Lord, is comforting. Taking time each day to give thanks for His strength, is joyful worship. Thinking about the many occasions through the years when we leaned upon the Lord for strength, is precious memories.
Norman Drummond, Chaplain