11-16 Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today. Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up—make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God,
the God who delivered you from Egyptian slavery;
the God who led you through that huge and fearsome wilderness,
those desolate, arid badlands crawling with fiery snakes and scorpions;
the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock;
the God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you.
17-18 If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”—well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today.
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a]
Throughout the Old Testament, Israel is chronically forgetful. Hard times come. They cry out in their distress. God delivers them from their troubles in unexpected ways. Israel turns away and forgets God. The cycle continues again, and again, and again like a bad commercial.
Are we any different? We can easily become caught up in the things of this life that we forget the many ways that God has brought us out of trouble. We begin to believe that the good things we have in life have more to do with our talents than God’s provision.
Hopefully you’ve found a good church in Boone. Sundays are great days to gather together with God’s people to remember our salvation and to worship God as our faithful provider–even in the midst of our disobedience. The next time you take communion, remember that this sacrament is meant to serve as a tangible reminder of God’s love and faithfulness to forgetful people.