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Mon, Mar 25 2013 - 04:35 PM

329 SHORT MEMORIES.

Luke
23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Have
you ever noticed how short people’s memory is? One minute they agree with you
and support your words and the next they argue with you and think you’re evil.
It almost seems to be a human trait that we all have to deal with.

Jesus
did many wonderful miracles and helped so many people, yet they killed Him at a
word from the Pharisees. Today, we are amazed that people could laud Jesus as
their Messiah one day and a few short days later scream for Him to be killed
but we have the hindsight of knowing Jesus is God’s son. 

People
are more ready to not believe than believe and receive even though they have
seen results. This is not an isolated event just at Jesus’ crucifixion but
people have been doing this for their whole existence. We are swept along by
any and every wind of change we think is right.

It is
most noticeable in the account of the Hebrew people being led by Moses through
the wilderness after leaving Egypt. They witness miracle after miracle, God’s
angry judgement on the wicked time after time and yet they do the same things
over again. Complain about their hardships and act against God and His messengers.
They ate manna and wanted meat, they were miraculously led by Moses out of
Egypt and rebelled against him and they saw God give them water from a rock
and, the next time, were ready to hurt Moses; even though they should have
remembered that God was protecting him.

 Acts 7:36 He brought them out, after that he
had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in
the wilderness forty years.

 People have been getting worse; changing their
minds for the silliest reasons and becoming violent even willing to die for a
cause so frivolous and for things they know nothing about; making heroes out of
charismatic speakers, only to turn against them, if someone else comes along
and talks favourably to them. Absalom, David’s son won the hearts of the people
away from David, after he had done so much for them, by speaking up for their
cause no matter whether it was right or not.

 2Samuel 15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to
all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of
the men of Israel.

  People make judgements in the moment and for
their own causes and don’t take the time to think their actions through. In the
economic world, this is known as impulse buying. People can be enticed to think
and act on the spur of the moment without giving any thought to the future
consequences so easily.

When we
should be uniting together against the dangers of the wickedness’ of this world
we are drawn to support them by a few promises of security or gain. The same
tactics a used car salesman will use to encourage us to buy a car from them are
used by authorities, rebels, church dividers and anyone who wants something
different than we do.

God had
led the Hebrew people through the wilderness with a fiery angel and earth moving
miracles while promising them a land of milk and honey and 10 of the 12 spies
sent into the land to report, gave a negative report and most of the people
believed them. They forgot God had wiped out the Egyptian army and they only
had to watch.

Are OUR
memories so short that we want to change after God has saved us and placed us
somewhere to learn and grow? When He has blessed us mightily in one place and,
because it is no longer ‘fun’, we want to run to the next spectacular event or
organization? When we were healed at the hands of God’s faithful servant and,
when he talks to us about a problem he sees in us and is concerned about, do we
get defensive and condemn him?

Are WE
any better than those Israelis who cried for the Romans to kill their messiah because
He wasn’t what THEY expected, after being healed and blessed by Him?

It is
my honest opinion; we live in the best country in the world but do we remember
how we got that way? Because we think it should be changed, are we going to
change it for the better?

How
long or how short is your memory and where do you stand with those who want to
change the goodness we may still have? Our God is still the same; if we are not
happy maybe it’s us? Think back and remember where you left Him; is He still
with you or is He somewhere waiting in your past for you to come back?

Short
memories, impulse decisions, forgetting our past mistakes and blessings, being
caught up in the crowd, not looking at what’s best for everyone and only
looking at what’s best for us; all these things will lead you to confusion and
away from an old fashion Holy and right God. Remember who and what you are and
what God has done for and in you and stop wanting change.

Revelation
3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die:
for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Revelation
3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and
repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and
thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

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