Worldliness Part 9 – The forgotten God.


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 9

Someone once said that when it comes to the Devil and his tactics, he doesn’t
have to resort to murder if a deck of cards will do the job. The idea is, if Satan
can get us distracted from God, he can use little things as effectively, and more
insidiously than big things. Worldliness whirls around this principle. The Enemy
of our souls doesn’t need us to fall into adultery, murder, rank idolatry and
the like – if he can use the simple, legitimate things in life to make us forgetful of
God. So Ps. 106 once again exposes this worldly tendency in the history of
God’s people. “They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in
Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red
Sea.” (21-22) All it takes for us to be worldly at a frightening rate is to be lost in
our own pursuits, so as to be forgetful of God. Sure, we give Him “His” time on
Sundays – or whatever. But in the day-in and day-out press of life – thoughts
of Him are barely to be found. Thankfulness and prayer aren’t part and parcel of
our ongoing inner life; communion with Him is reserved for the prayer closet,
before a meal or in a church service. The rest of the time, our hearts and minds
are all alone, unregulated, and driven about by the cares and concerns of life.
Bonhoffer, musing on the damage this forgetfulness can do put it this way: “With
irresistible power desire seizes mastery over the flesh. All at once a secret,
smouldering fire is kindled. The flesh burns and is in flames. It makes no
difference whether it is sexual desire, or ambition, or vanity, or desire for
revenge, or love of fame and power, or greed for money, or, finally, that
strange desire for the beauty of the world, of nature. Joy in God is in the course
of being extinguished in us and we seek all our joy in the creature. At this
moment God is quite unreal to us, He loses all reality, and only desire for the
creature is real; the only reality is the devil. Satan does not here fill us with
hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God…The lust thus aroused envelops
the mind and will of man in deepest darkness. The powers of clear
discrimination and of decision are taken from us. The questions present
themselves: Is it really not permitted to me, yes – expected of me, now, here,
in my particular situation, to appease desire?” This is worldliness. God, is not in
it. He is forgotten.

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One thought on “Worldliness Part 9 – The forgotten God.

  1. This was great; worth a re-reading. It is also a very sobering opportunity for self evaluation.

    It reminds me of a sermon I once heard, paraphrasing: “…after all, we have our house, our car….and our cable TV.”

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