But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13

Earlier in the psalm we read: “When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea” (verse 7).

“They gave no thought to your miracles.” Why didn’t the Israelites think about the miracles God performed in Egypt?

Perhaps, they felt unworthy of such kindness, discouraged by their own inadequacies or uncomfortable about their neediness necessitating a miracle. It’s distressing to realize that we aren’t as self-sufficient as we would like to believe. We tend to think we need a little help, a little grace, a little lovingkindness. When actually we need truckloads of God’s mercy, grace and love, plus his miraculous intervention to provide us with salvation.

It’s insulting to ignore the miracle of salvation and forget God’s kindness, when he was under no obligation to provide for us. If we take the time to reflect we will be filled with a sense of gratitude for God’s willingness to act on our behalf. We may even feel overcome with emotion when we consider Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. Such mercy humbles us.

Why do we forget? It wounds our pride. It’s easier to dismiss God’s invention in our lives, and press on with the busyness of our lifestyles, then to take the time to consider the spiritual aspects of life and accept our inability to achieve spiritual goals in our own strength. We truly are “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3), yet we are blessed if we acknowledge it, and receive God’s enabling and empowering.

Let’s remember all he has done for us and wait in faith for his plans to unfold.