My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
As a father I have one great regret. That regret is forgetting. I hate that it’s so easy to forget special moments in your life, in your marriage, and in your children. Its sad you never get those back. There is one way we can preserve those memories. We can relive them through pictures, videos and journals. Pictures, videos, and journals become extremely valuable because they link our minds to the past.
As I get older, I realize that my mind is finite. I cannot remember everything that I want to. In order to keep up I have to set reminders for myself. The same can be applied for our spiritual life.
This passage tells us to “forget not my law.” Why would God need to tell us this unless He knew we would forget? There are three things He tells us in this passage.
1. He says “My son”
His relationship is personal. We may forget things about God, yet the only thing he forgets about us is our sin. He cares deeply for us as a father for his children. God cares about you deeply today.
2. He said “forget not my law”
Gods Word is his law. The only way we can not forget it is to keep it in front of us, all around us.
We should keep his Word in front of us just as a cherished picture that we have kept.
3. He said “let thine heart keep my commandments:”
He didn’t say “keep my commandments.” He wasn’t looking for outward conformity. He was looking for a heart that wants to obey him. Too often we live in outward conformity but inward rebellion.
When I ask my kids to do something and they respond with a willing heart it warms my heart. God wants us to want to obey him. When they act this way, it makes me want to do kind things for them. We will look more into what God does for us when our heart keeps his commandments in the coming weeks.
In conclusion, will you work on keeping God’s word refreshed in your life today?