Do You Remember?
I was visiting my sister the other day and we spent some time looking at her photo albums. They were filled with pictures I haven’t seen in years or had never seen at all. There were fun pictures of my childhood and very special pictures of family members who are no longer here. I had to laugh at some of the crazy hairstyles and outfits my husband and I wore over the years!
Going through of the old photos brought back memories of people and events that I had long forgotten. Joy comes with seeing how faithful God was to bring us through all our happy moments and our times of struggles and trials. What a blessing it was to spend some time remembering!
I’m in the middle of reading the first five books of the Old Testament. I’ve read through these several times before, but this time I am reading them out loud. I am amazed at the different things that stand out to me, simply because I am speaking the verses instead of just reading them.
One of the things that really stood out to me was the number of times Israel’s history and laws were repeated. In many situations, the Israelites were called to remember what God had done for them. They were called to remember how God saved them from the Egyptians for the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 13:3) and when they kept the Sabbath Day (Deuteronomy 5:15). When they were afraid of their enemies, they were to remember what the Lord did to Pharaoh and all of Egypt.
“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’— you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So shall the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
There are so many more examples throughout the Bible, in both the Old & New Testament.
Among other reasons, Israel was called to remember as a memorial, as a reminder when they were unfaithful, or when God was about to do a new thing. Remembering what God had done in their lives and their forefather’s lives served as a reminder of His faithfulness, sovereignty, and holiness!
Like the Israelites, we are also called to remember these things! Not just what is written in God’s Word, but all the things that He has done in our lives. We need to be purposeful in this. When God blesses us in a situation, I think it is so easy to thank Him and then quickly move on looking for the next blessing. I admit that I don’t often take the time to reflect on all the ways He has rescued me, blessed me, and rescued me.
As I looked on my sister’s pictures, I recalled so many ways that the Lord guided me and protected me. Redeemed impossible situations. Performed miracles. It made me so thankful for His faithfulness, even when I wasn’t so faithful. I am so grateful for His salvation through Christ Jesus. Where would I be if I didn’t know Him as my Lord & Savior?! Not in a good place. I would be without hope, my friends.
Aside from another opportunity to give all praise and glory that it is His due (which is reason enough to remember), remembering what the Lord has done is faith-building and serves as an encouragement to me in all of the challenges that I face today. Bleak situations are not insurmountable to the God I serve! He has shown His sovereignty and might time and again in my life.
While it is so important to remember, we cannot dwell in the past or expect that God is going to move in exactly the same way He did before. He is always doing new things!
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
While it might be easier to limit God and have Him always do the exact same thing in each situation, God is so much bigger than that!
I want to encourage you to spend time remembering what God has done in your life. Thank Him for all that He has done. Share it with the next generation. Shout it from the rooftops. Let your story be a witness to the mightiness and faithfulness of our God!
Walk faithfully, my friends!