Loss of Memory

“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, ‘Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of theland of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'” – Exodus 32:1


Do you remember 10-second Tom from the movie, 50 First Dates? Tom is apatient in a home that helps people suffering from memory loss. Every 10 seconds, Tom’s memory is wiped and he cannot remember who he has met or what he has done. This causes him to keep introducing himself to people every 10 seconds — sometimes in the middle of a sentence — and earned him thenickname 10-second Tom.

Memory loss is not funny and I know many of us have family members who have suffered with dementia and Alzheimer’s. But I find it interesting in our scripture reading today how the Israelites seem to suffer from some type of memory loss. The same group of people who have been led out of slavery in Egypt, invited into a new relationship with God, and experienced some of themost amazing miracles are now building a golden calf to worship and tossing Moses to the side. How could they have already forgotten what God and Moses had done?

Unfortunately, this story may be all too familiar for many of us. How many times have we forgotten what God has done only days or weeks after experiencing God in an amazing way? How many times have we turned to our false idols (sports, clothes, money, jobs, and more) only moments after hearing God speak to us? How many times have we discounted what God did last week or last month because our attention span demands that we see God do something today?

Fortunately, while our memories may fail us and we might forget what God has done, God never forgets about us. In fact, the moments when we have forgotten who God is and all that God has done are the moments when God shows up in a big way to remind us who He is and show us how much He loves us.

Remember all that God has done and keep looking for what God is doing in your life. And don’t ever forget how much God loves you!

Have an amazing weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship at 8:45 and 11:00!

Grace and peace,

P.S. Some of you have asked about receiving the weekly Grow.Pray.Study (GPS) Guide from the bulletin through e-mail each week. Beginning on Monday, we will be sending out a weekly e-mail on Monday mornings that will include the GPS Guide for the week and the most recent Minute with Mattvideo. If you would like to receive this e-mail each week, you can reply to this e-mail and I will make sure we have you added to our e-mail list. Blessings!