Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. - Deuteronomy 4:9
Have you ever heard of the expression “tunnel-vision”? You know, that state you reach when everything around you becomes oblivious and all you can see is that one thing in front of you. A similar expression is being “one-track-minded.” I must confess, these expressions fit me to a tee. Maybe you can relate. The very thought of multi-tasking makes me nervous. I find that just about every task I do I become so engrossed with it that nothing else in the world seems to exist. Now, with some things this isn’t so bad, but with this tendency comes many downsides.
When it comes to life in Christ, we are admonished to be “about our Father’s business.” We’re commended to expand the Kingdom, serve our neighbor, raise godly families, and use what God gives us to accomplish whatever tasks happen to be right in front of us. I have little problem with these because by nature I can become “consumed” with each task. But then I run across Scriptures like Deuteronomy 4:9. “Ahh! Doing two things at once? Impossible!” I think to myself. Somehow it seems that God consistently throws curve-balls my way just to keep me on my toes – never reaching a state of comfort.
Do not forget the things your eyes have seen. I have a feeling that Moses practiced what he preached. There were times in his own personal journey of faith that he would get discouraged and tempted by doubt. I imagine, though, that it was the place of remembrance that served for him a reminder of the God he served. Such is the One that poured out plagues, parted the sea, burned from a bush, and etched the Ten Commandments in stone by power of His own hand. Remembering what God has done is key. I suspect that if we followed Moses’ example to chronicle in our own lives where we saw God’s move, we might walk in better perspective and purpose.
Do not let them slip from your heart. The unmerited exploits He does in our lives aren’t just to affect our minds, they are to affect our hearts. He’s not as interested in blowing our minds away as He is in gaining the affection of our hearts. If the Enemy can get you to forget God’s faithfulness, he will attempt to wedge doubt in our hearts.
Question of the Day:
How well do I remember what God has done in my life?