Remembering God in our youth when we are so busy working

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Time in. It’s another workday and tons of workload are waiting for you – a working millenial. A cup of coffee on your left while you log into your office computer, it is so easy to be caught up with all the demands you are about to face throughout the day. As the boss calls you out to his office for another report later that afternoon, you get to anticipate going home. Then after heading out through the city traffic to meet some of your friends after work, your drained-out self yearns for bed. The next day plays like a broken record. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

In our enthusiasm to build up ourselves in this lifetime, it’s easy to forget God in our youth as opportunities for self-enhancement pass us by.

Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1 NLT‭

The passage from Ecclesiastes reminds us that we are to remember God while we are young. The word remember here implies we are to obey God and acknowledge His lordship over our lives (Numbers 15:40).

Also, if we build the habit of remembering God while we are young, it becomes an automatic pattern of our behavior until we grow old; not only in the good times but also during the difficult days of our lives.

Forgetting God

But things in life happen that make us forget God. Surprisingly, this forgetting happens when we seem to be in a stage of abundance in our lives – where everything seems working accordingly and to our favor.

Forgetting God means that we are abandoning his authority over us.

Abandoning God.

Israel, you grew fat and rebelled against God, your Creator you rejected the Mighty Rock, your only place of safety.
Deuteronomy 32:15 CEV

And when we abandon God, our automatic response is to reject him and everything about him. Hardened hearts towards God is an obvious result the moment we reject him. And because we don’t see God as the focus of our being, we begin to turn to other gods.

Turning to other gods.

For when I bring them into the land which I have sworn to their fathers, a land [of plenty] flowing with milk and honey, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise and reject Me and break My covenant.
Deuteronomy 31:20 AMP

[of plenty] This phrase referred to the abundant fertility of the land of Canaan. Milk (typically that of goats and sheep) was associated with abundance; “honey” referred mainly to syrups made from dates or grapes and was the epitome of sweetness. Bees’ honey was very rare and was considered the choicest of foods.

Effects of forgetting God

Committing spiritual adultery.

The Lord said, “Tell me why I should forgive you.Your children have left me and have made promises to idols that are not gods at all. I gave your children everything they needed, but they still were like an unfaithful wife to me.They spent much time in houses of prostitutes.
Jeremiah 5:7 NCV

In this case, committing spiritual adultery means you are serving other gods. For this day and age, they are in the form of money, power, sex, and fame.

Becoming ungrateful and unrepentant.

But Hezekiah did not thank God for his kindness, because he was so proud. So the Lord was angry with him and the people of Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 32:25 NCV

Ultimately, pride is at the heart of those who reject God in their lives. These kinds of people believe that they can do all things all on their own and such confidence make them even more unrepentant.

God really wants the best for us. But at times, when we are in abundance, we tend to forget and abandon the Lord in the process thinking that we don’t need Him anymore.

I will take them into the land that I promised to give to their ancestors—a land filled with many good things. And they will have all they want to eat. They will have a rich life. But then they will turn to other gods and serve them. They will turn away from me and break my agreement.
Deuteronomy 31:20 ERV

From the passage above, notice that it is the Lord who took the Israelites to the land filled with many good things. Be it in the career where you are now, do not be deceived by thinking that you got there because of your might alone. Recognize the it is the Lord who is the enabler of all things.

Remembering God

In our twentysomethings, we begin to establish our careers and work hard for our future. As we build our assets, we must remember that God is the one who gives us the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) and that God adds no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22).

In other versions, it says that hard work can make us no richer. Truly, it is only the Lord who can fully satisfy us. No matter how hard we seek for money (if it becomes our god in place of the real source who is Jesus), we will find no rest and contentment from our gains.

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How to remember God

We remember God by connecting to him daily through his word. When we read God’s Word everyday, not only will we increase in wisdom, we will also grow in the Lord and become the person he ought us to be.

I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.
Psalms 119:55 ESV

When we remember the Lord, we also take part in obeying the pattern of lifestyle God set before us. In this way, as we keep a close relationship with Him, God also upholds us. This means that we will never falter in all conditions we might face in our lives knowing that God is there, keeping us standing through it all.

My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
Psalms 63:8 NKJV

God’s promises when we remember Him

But the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants, to those who keep his covenant, who are careful to obey his commands.
Psalms 103:17‭-‬18 NET

Acknowledging God’s lordship over our lives means that we must seek Him first above all things. If we do so, God will fill us to the brim with all the things we need and want in life.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
Matthew 6:33 AMPC

Wrap Up

  • Forgetting God. Abandoning his authority over us leads us to turn into other gods.
  • Effects of forgetting God. We commit spiritual adultery and we become ungrateful and unrepentant.
  • Remembering God. This means that we submit ourselves in obedience to the Lord and that we acknowledge Him as the lord of our lives.
  • How to remember God. We remember God by reading His Word daily.
  • God’s promises when we remember Him. If we seek God first above all else, God will fill us to the brim with all the things we need and want in life.

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