June 2, 2012
Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. Isaiah 46:8-9
I was just wondering: what do you think of Richard Johnson? What's your estimation of the man?
As long as we're on the subject: what do you think of George Dallas or Cabell Breckinridge and Schuyler Colfax? I'm really curious about how you you feel about William Wheeler, Levi Morton, Charles Fairbanks, Alben Barkley, James Sherman, Henry Wilson, Garret Hobart and Elbridge Gerry.
It is possible that many of our Daily Devotion readers have no opinion of these fellows because they don't know them.
I didn't either.
Would it surprise you if I shared all of those men were vice-presidents of the United States?
It's true. All of these men were a heartbeat away from the presidency and second in line to be America's leader. In their day, each of these men were loved and hated; they were respected and reviled; they were revered and ridiculed. When they were out campaigning, kissing babies, and pressing the flesh, people were proud to have met them; they bragged to their friends and relatives, "I shook the hand of Vice-President _____." Then they filled in the name of the very important man you and I have forgotten.
Yes, we forget.
Ask someone under 30 years of age to tell of the work of Alexander Fleming. They'll be hard-pressed to speak about the man who is responsible for many of them being alive. They will not remember the man, who, when asked to describe himself, said, "I can only suppose that God wanted penicillin, and that this was His reason for creating Alexander Fleming."
Every generation forgets. Indeed, most of us would be hard-pressed to give the full names of our own grandparents. Yes, we forget.
But we dare not forget the wonderful handiwork of the Lord in our lives.
It is He who sent His Son into this world to be our Savior and to offer up His life as a ransom for our forgiveness and salvation. We need to remember that without the Redeemer we are lost, condemned and alone. We need to always recall how much He gave, so we might escape the fires of hell.
Now here's the caution. If we really do remember, we will be one of the few generations in history who have been faithful in our calling. Adam and Eve forgot as did the children of Israel who raised forgetfulness to an art form.
They paid a price for their forgetfulness. It is a price we should avoid paying.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, send Your Holy Spirit so we may remember Your manifold kindnesses and ongoing blessings. Help us remember what You have done and, then, with a thankful heart enable us to stand firm in our thankfulness. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries