“I’ve lost it! This time I’ve absolutely lost it!” said a man as he walked into the doctor’s office. It was time for the annual check-up, and the gray-haired man confesses, “I’ve lost my mind! I can’t remember where I parked the car. I stand in the middle of rooms and don’t remember what I was going to do when I got there. I forget where I’m going when I’m driving, so I never really know if I get where I was really going. Doc, I need your help desperately. What do you recommend?” The doctor put his arm around the troubled patient, lead him toward the secretaries and said, “It’s simple. Pay me in advance.”
Sometimes our memory doesn’t serve us well. In our reading, you can see how a poor memory of God’s word is destructive. Hosea records God’s word, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6).
Jehoash in 2 Kings 11 and 12 was privileged to sit on the throne. He was nearly exterminated by his wretched grandmother, but God preserved his life because of faithful Jehoiada the priest. Yet, when you read about Jehoash’s life, he only “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him” (2 Kings 12:2). This demonstrates how important it is for “the things thou has heard…the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Is it any surprise that people cannot “endure hardness, as a good soldier”? They are entangled with the affairs of this life. The only thing which will help them find their way to freedom is when they see the light. “The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119: 130).
In order for your memory to serve you well, you will need to pray and truly desire, “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133).