Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
Have you ever done something wonderful to someone, only to be forgotten later on? You try to be a blessing to them by doing nice things, maybe giving them all kinds of stuff, doing them a favor, and going out of your way to help them—then things happen, and later on they forget your kind deeds only to treat you differently. We probably all have a relative who was always nice to us and sometimes even spoiled us with gifts, stuff, and even money on special occasions. That is the type of people that we cherish and love because of what they have done for us. But if we are not careful, circumstances will come our way; and instead of loving them and giving them honor, we forget what they’ve done, and we neglect them to the point of being indifferent towards them.
It happens all the time because people tend to have a short memory. That’s why the Bible is filled with many reminders. All throughout the Scriptures we can see the word “remember.” The Israelites had problems remembering what God had done for them. It seems like they only came to Him during times of difficulty and despair; but when everything was going well, they neglected the One who gave them their freedoms, provided for their needs, protected them from their enemies, and loved them even with their rebellion! Time after time, God would remind them about His great love for them, but they always forgot, and they turned their backs on Him.
For some reason, sometimes people just forget the good that others have done for them, not realizing it until it’s too late. We tend to take for granted the kindness and love our parents have shown to us, until they are not with us anymore. We neglect someone we love until they go away. We take for granted the opportunity we have, until it’s gone. Just like the butler in Joseph’s day: he forgot about the kindness that Joseph had done for him. He eventually got things right. Let us learn the lessons from the stories in the Bible, so we can be reminded about the goodness of God and the people that He uses to bless us! Let us not be guilty of forgetting all His benefits or neglecting the people that have been so good to us.
Remember—everything we have and enjoy is because we have a merciful, gracious, and loving God. Because He is the one who gave us everything, He can also take those blessings away.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Our children are not going to have that “summer jump” by accident.
The Bible compares the man that does not rule his spirit to a city that is broken down and without walls.