Deuteronomy 4:39: “So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: the LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.”
I am a forgetful person. I don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. If I don’t write it down or make a conscious effort to remember something, I forget! That’s why I make lists, keep a journal, and have a daily planner in which I write. If I “put something in my phone,” I’m bound to forget. Over and over again in the Old Testament, the nation of Israel is reminded about its history. They are told to remember this and remember that God knows that humans are prone to forget without constant reminders. Today’s verse was spoken by the nation’s leader, Moses, right before the Ten Commandments and other laws were given. It hits at the heart of idolatry. I often tell folks they need to get their identity correct (If you believe in Jesus, you are IN Christ) and then spend their lives battling idolatry (something taking the place of God in your heart). While most of us won’t readily admit to being idolaters, we practice this sin daily. We wake up late, so we skip our time with God in the morning. We are anxious about something, so we worry instead of praying. We get annoyed by our spouse or kids, so we snap at them instead of loving them. We are exhausted at the end of the day, so we binge on food or entertainment instead of resting or connecting. We need constant reminders that there is no other God but God alone. It is time to remember who God is and respond accordingly.