When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.

Hosea 13:6 (NIV)

Forgetting the Lord. This is a recurring theme in the Old Testament. God blesses the Israelites and gives them what they need (and then some); they become proud and turn to other gods. Although this is a common theme in the Old Testament, it doesn’t really raise its head in the New. At least, not with the historical examples we see in the Old. If there were any mention of it in the New, I suppose it would be in the form of people who said they knew the Lord but didn’t.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)

When I think about that theme in the Old Testament, of the Lord taking care of people and them turning away from him. I wonder, where does that fit into Jesus turning people away from Heaven? The people Jesus turns away from Heaven are those who claimed to have known him but never had a relationship with him. Therefore, at best, they had an intellectual understanding without a spiritual and relational awakening to Him. We might call these people Casual Christians. People who rarely, if ever, go to church, read the Bible, or pray. People that might go to church on Easter and Christmas because it’s what people do, but otherwise, they have no interest in pursuing God the rest of the year. God only enters into their mind when things are tough. However, does that even fit into being fed and taken care of by God and then turning away from him?

I don’t know, but I think it’s something we should be aware of in our relationship with God. Do we follow Matthew 6:33 daily, seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness first? Or do we accept being fed by God and then forget about him until we think we need him again? It’s certainly something to think about.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.