Short-Term Memory

Read: Hosea 11:1-7

Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. (v. 3)

It is often a parent’s joy to help their children as they grow—to teach them to walk, to pick them up when they fall, and to dry their tears. But as children grow, sometimes they seem to forget all their parents have done for them. Thinking they know better, children can wander to a place where a parent can no longer help them.

This was true of the Israelites. From the beginning, God claimed Israel as his chosen people and entered into a holy covenantal relationship with them. But they turned away from God, thinking that Baal, political allies, and wealth were of greater help and value to them. As they put their time, energy, and devotion in the things of the world, their memory of God grew dim. They forgot God had released them from captivity, fed their ancestors manna daily when they lacked food, and led them to countless victories. They thought they knew better. And like a loving parent, God warned them that if they continued on their path there would be consequences.

Is your devotion to the things of this world dimming your memory of all that God has done for you? Put your trust again in God alone, your perfect heavenly Father. Remember that his love for you was there yesterday, is here for you today, and will be there for you tomorrow and always. —Kelly Slaybaugh

As you pray, ask God to forgive you for forgetting the love he has shown you.

About the Author

Kelly Slaybaugh lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is a student at Asbury Theological Seminary, and an “empty nester.” She loves connecting with God through nature and outdoor activities.

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