In Exodus 16 the Lord gave the children of Israel manna (food) that would sustain them while in the wilderness. He told them the manner in which they were to gather. On one occasion the manna gathered was left-over until the next day—contrary to the Lord’s expressed will; on another occasion some Israelites went out to gather—contrary to the Lord’s expressed will. What prompted this action of those left kept the manna until the next day and of those who went out to seek? Could one say it was forgetfulness or curiosity? In either case the Lord was not pleased. There is a lesson in this for us.
An Over 50 Rule ~ A thought unwritten is a thought forgotten.
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
Edgar Allan Poe
The apostle Paul didn’t think he “had it made” as a Christian. He was always “pressing toward the mark” (Philippians 3:14), forgetting the past and looking forward to the future (Philippians 3:13). If we are to be successful as followers of Christ, we must do the exact same thing, remembering that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Paul’s attitude of heart was “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).