Quick to Forget
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 3; 1 Chronicles 12; Matthew 15
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 15:29-39
Awhile back, my daughter was running into the kitchen to get a snack when she accidentally tripped over her shoes that were lying on the kitchen floor and skinned her knee on the hard ceramic tile. While the wound itself was small, her reaction to it was not, and she spent several minutes on the ground crying. After making sure she was okay, my wife and I picked her up off the floor, and she somberly headed to her room to watch television with her snack in hand. Minutes later, she emerged from her room laughing and smiling and in the best of spirits. In the span of only a couple of minutes, she had completely forgotten her run-in with the hard kitchen floor. Sometimes being quick to forget can be a good thing. The ability to quickly forget a past hurt or a wrong committed by another person is definitely a good trait. Being quick to forget a past failure can serve us well and keep us from being mired in guilt or self-pity. At other times, though, being quick to forget can be a detriment. In today’s key passage, we see an example of how the disciples were sometimes quick to forget what Jesus had already accomplished.
Just yesterday, we read the story of Jesus feeding over five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. It was the type of miracle that would illustrate to others that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, and the story of his accomplishment would no doubt follow him through the land. Amazingly though, His disciples seemed to have forgotten all about it in today’s reading. Jesus was teaching over four thousand people on a mountainside, and decided that He did not want to send the crowd away without something to eat. When He told the disciples His intention to feed the masses, their response was staggering. They answered Him by saying, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” (Vs. 33) The disciples were perplexed by this problem even though it was strikingly similar to another issue that Jesus had already solved. In this example, the disciples were quick to forget what Jesus had already done for them.
While it is easy for us to look back and wonder how the disciples could have possibly forgotten that Jesus had the power to rectify their current situation, it is equally easy for each of us to do the same thing. When faced with a difficult situation, how often is it that our first reaction is one of bewilderment? How often do we sit and wonder what we should do next? How often do we throw up our hands and think that the situation seems impossible? We are often quick to forget that nothing is impossible with God. We are quick to forget that He has helped us in the past and will help us again. When we have needed nourishment, He has fed us. When we have needed help, He has helped us. When we have needed saving, He has saved us. Do not be quick to forget the miracles our awesome God has done in your life and the lives of others. Remember His perfect goodness, and bask in the knowledge that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.
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