“Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2).

David speaks with his soul and says, “Oh my soul, Never forget all the benefits God did for you. Remember them always and bless His holy Name!”

A soldier had been suffering from an incurable disease. The pain was unbearable for him. He used to go to the war fields and other soldiers there will admire him. Because, when the war was in full swing he will be in the forefront fighting vigorously. He had struck down numerous enemies.

He will force himself into the army of the enemy without the fear of death. Even the other soldiers will get encouraged looking at his bravery. He used to say sadly, “I am going to die soon because of this dreaded disease. It is rather better to die in the war field.”

The king who came to know about his heroic deeds sent him to some frontline doctors and cured his disease. The king also shouldered the entire cost of treatment. His expectation was “Oh, this warrior is so gallantly fighting in spite of being afflicted with a dreaded disease and if he is cured I can expect even better performance from him.”

But that man was ungrateful and thereafter did not turn up for the battles. He said, “The true reason for my heroic performance was that it helped me to forget the pain I was suffering because of the dreaded disease. Now I am fully cured. Why should I risk my life for the sake of war?”

What was the advice which Moses gave to the Israelites when he had become old? “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God. ….lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; ……. when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; …… who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know” (Deuteronomy 8:11-16).

Some people will think of God when they are financially poor and face problems. But when their financial position and status improves their pride and prosperity make them forget God. This prevents God from blessing them more. Only if the sufferings and tribulations keep tormenting them they can get closer and closer to God.

Dear children of God, never forget the benefits God has done, His love, His guidance and the innumerable miracles He did in your life.

To meditate: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word” (Psalm 119:67).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai