The Alzheimer Generation

ImageIn the August 2003 issue of the Archives of Neurology it was estimated that over 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  From 1980 until 2003 this number doubled.  Today the count is over 5.5 and rising.   This increase is attributed to the rise in our elderly population.  But it also prompted me to wonder about spiritual Alzheimer disease.

Calvary Chapel founder, Chuck Smith, has often said that he loves to cup a handful of sand and pour it slowly to the ground, watching it pile up like an hour glass, contemplating the passage in Psalm 139, that God’s thoughts towards us are more than the sands of the sea. That is a lot of thinking!  How often we wonder if God has forgotten us altogether, only to see Him pop into our circumstances, rescue our emaciated souls and then chide us a bit for our lack of faith.

God’s many thoughts toward His people assure us that we can acknowledge Him in all our ways (Proverbs 3:5,6), that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28), that our days are fashioned for us before they happen (Psalm 139:16), that He will be our guide right into the grave (Psalm 58:11) and that, even now, a place is being prepared for us in heaven (John 14:1).

Maybe that is why He gets a bit testy when we, on whom all of these glories are showered, ignore him in our pleasures, despise him with our offerings, dismiss Him in our decisions, and forget Him “days without number.”

Can a virgin forget her ornaments,
Or a bride her attire?
Yet My people have forgotten Me
Days without number.

Jeremiah 2:32

“Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, therefore you will plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings; in the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; but the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow.”  Isaiah 17:10,11.

Actions have consequences.  God is not a petty lover who punishes those who do not sufficiently requite His love, for who among us is able to give back to God what He has done for us?  But God knows that He is our life and breath and health.  God knows that He is our destiny and our joy.  He knows that apart from Him we will sow seeds of the flesh that will flourish for a short season but lead to ruin, grief and desperate sorrow.

How He loves us and desires our fellowship!  Oh that the inclination of our hearts would always be to praise and adore the One who adopted us into His family, Who channeled the riches of His limitless resources in our direction from the foundations of the Earth!

“What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me?  I will take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD!”  Psalm 116:12,13.

To this day there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but fortunately for us we can do something about our forgetting of God.  By faith we can take our eyes off our circumstances and remember who He is and who we are in Him!

We are like jugglers wildly tossing glass plates into the air, afraid that our act will end in broken shards if we do not watch with attentive care.  It seems counter intuitive to stop what we are doing and call upon the name of the LORD, because to do so requires a sudden shift of focus. It takes an act of faith to simply lift up a cup and drink in celebration to the One who gives us the ability to juggle.

Oh God, incline our hearts to You. Cause us to seek you in the morning, serve You throughout the day and rest in You on our pillow at night. Father, renew in us the passion and determination with which we began our journey, lest we forget days without number.
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Michael Edwards, with his wife, Shay, have been involved in various ministries such as leading Bible Studies and worship, teaching teens and pastoral counseling, since 1984. Currently they are ministering at Planned Parenthood in San Luis Obispo to girls and women going in for abortions, lovingly providing information and alternatives. Please pray to end abortion and for the cultural and spiritual conditions in our nation that advance it.
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