Where did I park my car? Who was it that told me about the upcoming party? What were the words to that song?
The things we forget make us wonder just how stable our minds are. Is this lapse in memory something more serious or is it a natural circumstance when there is too much on our plate and we don’t have the focus to bring that memory to the forefront? I think most of us do this now and again. I also don’t think this issue is restricted to only those with graying hair that suffer from this malady, but I will concede that it seems to be a more frequent occurrence once I passed the half century mark.
I have been wrestling with a bout of this for the last couple days. I know someone told me something and for the life of me, I can’t recall who it was. Worse yet, what they told me required me providing this person with something. I know what I am to provide, I can’t remember who I am to provide it to.
To prepare for this devotional, and inspired by the memory block I’m suffering from, I went searching for information. I found an article about natural memory issues. I’ve provided the link here so you may check it out, if you are wondering about your facilities, or a loved one.
Not what this is about
Our mental gap issue isn’t really the topic for today’s devotional, it was merely the inspiration.
The heart of what we want to explore today are spiritual gaps that take place in our walk with the Lord.
You may think of some others and I would be happy to hear what you come up with if you’re so inclined to share.
This is when we have been taught something by the Holy Spirit, but we tuck it so far back in our minds it doesn’t occur to us to be bothered with its direction.
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.
Psalms 119:105 (CSB)
This is taking that light that beams from inside us and putting it under a basket as described by Jesus.
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light.”
Luke 11:33 (CSB)
We would never consider turning on a flashlight and then covering it up. The very purpose of the flashlight would be lost to us. It can’t provide us illumination from its position under a basket, and yes, we may get a few rays of light escaping the entrapment we’ve placed it in, but we lose most of what its value is to us.
The same is true when we put aside God’s Word in the deep reaches of our minds. The value of that Word is minimized, and we don’t get the full benefit in our lives.
Jesus says our eyes are the lamp of our bodies. When that eye is healthy our entire body is full of light. Likewise, when it is not, our body is full of darkness (Luke 11:34).
Take care, then, that the light in you is not darkness.
Luke 11:35 (CSB)
Be careful that we are not dampening that light inside us by covering it up to minimize the direction it provides.
This lamp for our feet will not be effective if we hide it or in some other way cover it up.
I referred to this as Phantom Omission because we recall that which the word says but, in our blindness, we subvert and hide its benefit or even go to the extent of extinguishing its flame. This leaves a faded impression of what God has spoken to us about, but an inability or unwillingness to allow it to illuminate our lives and become part of us.
Spiritual child abuse
This is the other form of spiritual gaps that take place in a believer’s life.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26 (NLT)
We are the Children of God. Scripture makes no bones about it, we are born into the family of God by the grace afforded us by His Son Jesus Christ.
They consider it child abuse when children are neglected. Starvation is all too common both in providing food for children and also by providing the wrong food for children resulting in malnourished people whose growth is impaired or in peril.
The neglect takes place when there is food available, but we deprive the child of that food.
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again.”
John 6:35 (CSB)
This comes into perfect clarity when we consider just ‘what’ Jesus is. Notice I didn’t say who, I said ‘what’.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (CSB)
Jesus is The Word. Jesus is the Son of God. So spiritual starvation takes place when we starve ourselves, children of God, from the nourishment of The Word.
Another form of neglect is the disregard for the welfare of the child and failure to provide love and direction. This is most typically represented by an absence of a loving relationship between a child and their guardian.
It becomes spiritual child abuse when we keep our spiritual child from having the relationship with God that they are entitled to. That relationship is founded in prayer and God’s Word.
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CSB)
God has demonstrated His love for us in that He gave us His Son to be our proxy. As I have stressed many times. Prayer is the key to opening communications between us and God. He has cleared the way from His side of the relationship to assure communication is open. We are left with only to engage in this relationship by prayer and immersion in His Word.
We find ourselves starved for love because of our failure to accept that relationship and grow it through our prayer and obedience to His Word.
In doing so, we recall all that His love provides; we find joy and peace in the abiding hope He gives us. Our path is illuminated by His Word living in us, not hidden away, but in the forefront of our lives and lighting the way before us. Waiting for the day when we will have ‘Total Recall’ as He calls us home to be with Him forevermore.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love — but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (CSB)
At last no more gaps where we fail to recall.
In His Grace,