And it shall be, when the LORD your God shall have brought you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac…
I. THE TENDENCY THAT THERE IS IN US TO FORGET GOD.
1. Forgetting the presence of God.
2. Forgetfulness of God in worship.
3. Forgetting the commandments of God.
4. Forgetting God's redeeming love.
II. THE CAUSE OF FORGETFULNESS OF GOD. PROSPERITY.
III. THE DANGER OF THIS FORGETFULNESS. Now, just let me show you that the Scripture tells us that they "shall be turned into hell" who forget God. "Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver!" But the danger of living without God is the danger of dying without God; and the man that dies without God dies without hope. You will recollect that God in a special manner complains of this with reference to His ancient people. In the first chapter of Isaiah we are told that He had nourished and brought up children, but that Israel bad rebelled against Him; that the ox knew his owner, and the ass his master's crib, but Israel, God's own people, did not consider. Are there not many amongst you that do not consider? Are there not some amongst us that have forgotten God? But so strongly has the Scripture laid down the danger which awaits the forgetters of God, that we find that God in a special manner has condescended to help us that we may remember Him. For instance, let us look at the very text, and at that part of the text to which I was referring just now. "Beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Why, what great things God has done for us to remind us of redeeming love? What a blessing it is that we have a special ordinance, which it is impossible to approach with any light in our minds, without reflecting that it represents the dying love of Jesus, and is, as it were, bidding us ask ourselves whether we have a thankful remembrance of the death of Christ! What a blessing it is that God has appointed men in a special manner to go forth and to preach that Gospel which shall remind their fellow sinners of that same redeeming level God has done everything to prevent our forgetting Him, and lead us to consider our ways, and consider our personal relationship to Him, to consider our daily dependence upon Him for the things of this life, and to consider our complete dependence upon Him for the things of the life to come.
Parallel VersesKJV: And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,