It’s difficult to imagine a world without death and taxes. But such a world did exist. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve enjoyed a perfect setting. They lived in an ideal climate, enjoyed perfect health, and experienced unlimited fellowship with God.

Yet one bite of forbidden fruit changed everything. When they focused upon the one thing they couldn’t have, they lost it all.

The reverse was true of the nation of Israel. God delivered them from a less-than-ideal Egyptian oppression and led them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. But at the first sign of resistance, the people wanted to return to the land of their captivity. Their grumbling spirit cost many Israelites their lives and the opportunity to experience the bounties of Canaan.

These distinct stories prove one thing – regardless of our environment, when we forget God’s provision, we will lose the blessings we have and would have received. Satan specializes in causing us to forget the goodness of God for the sake of petty matters. Don’t let him gain such a foothold in your life.

Perhaps you are a pastor tempted to overlook God’s blessings upon your church because of a few troublesome members. Or you may be a young person with a promising future, and you’re discouraged because you can’t figure out God’s will. Remember the great things God is doing in your life, and forget your problems. Your victory is certain.

What a world this would be if we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.