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Short Term Memory Loss

Posted on Jun 03 , 2014 in Grace & Life Lessons

Short Term Memory Loss

© By Brad L Hodges

Deuteronomy 8:13-14 (NIV)
13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Why is it when we humans are in the midst of success and plenty we not only tend to forget God but we often have the unmitigated gall to give ourselves all the credit for it?

Humans just never seem to learn and as far back in Biblical history, as in the verses above, pride took over and God was relegated to a back seat once the comfort of being surrounded by material possessions was achieved.

So often we have a short-term memory loss after we have passed through a time of trial, loss, fear, anxiety, heartache or disaster and we forget how in those times we cried out “God help me!” and He did. Once we begin to emerge from the situation and prosper again we forget it was the God of the Universe who stepped in to rescue us. Often we rack it up to luck, determination, guts or toughness rather than divine intervention.

As we grow older and more mature we have the benefit of a lengthier timeline to review and our long-term memory can recall the many times of grace and intervention in our life by God as we reflect on it. The wisdom gained by experience has a way of replacing short-term memory with revelation and acceptance that we need God not just in times of destitution but at all times in order to fully abide in Him and be whole as believers.

If we are abiding in Christ we learn to see the whole embodiment of our lives through his eyes and to be equally grateful in times of need as well as times of abundance. Short term memory gives way and merges into a consummate view of the life he has set forth for us and we learn to be a contented passenger as Christ drives our life.

I have quoted a number of times in my writing the perfect example of the consummate life we can have by abiding in Christ that the apostle Paul finally gained after much trial and error, but it certainly bears repeating here and never gets old;

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Notice Paul says “in any and every situation” and “I can do all this through him who gives me strength?”

Paul learned to replace short-term memory with “being” in Christ in every situation. By abiding in Christ at all times there is no such thing as short-term memory because your life becomes a continuous awareness of His presence in the good, bad or ugliness of life.

Replacing short-term memory loss with the sustained grace of Christ allows you to never forget that you not only need Him when you are down but that your whole life is enriched by his presence in the short and long of it.

What about you? Have you experienced short-term memory loss after God has lifted you out of trouble and you began to rely on self again? Have you felt the ups and downs of a self-centered life rather than a grace centered life where you can have a consistency of spirit?

Wipe your short-term memory clean and learn to abide in the long-term everlasting grace of God at all times where pride gives way to humility and you will never forget The Lord your God.


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