Devotional

The Folly of Forgetting God

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.” (Ezekiel 23:35)

Sin demands to be serviced. It refuses to be stopped until its demands for satisfaction are met. Sin’s greatest impediment is a God who stands in its way and slows its advance.

When God is remembered, a man pauses to consider the wisdom of giving himself over to his strong desire. If sin is to succeed, God must be put out of one’s mind. He must be forgotten, left behind. He must be behind one’s back, not before one’s face.

But oh the folly of forgetting God! Whatever fleeting pleasure was gained in yielding to sin is quickly gone. And in the place of a temporary fullness is a hideous emptiness.

So many are miserable after catering to sin. They regret their folly like Judas did. There is enough grace in Jesus Christ to forgive and restore the fallen. But the grace of God that has rescued us from the dictatorship of sin also teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. (Titus 2:11,12) Our Savior bore our sins on the cross that we should be dead to sins and alive unto righteousness. (1 Pet. 2:24) He died to make us alive unto God. No longer must God and conscience be put away so we can serve the sins we once bowed to.

Fools cast God behind their back and return to the vomit of their folly. Wise men keep Him always before their face.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.