Moses told the Israelites to ‘remember’ the conditions that God rescued them from. Deuteronomy 5:15 “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” David states his resolve in Psalm 77:11-12 to remember what God did for his people in the past and what God did for him. “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” Jesus asked us to remember His sacrifice as we observe communion. “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24 We are reminded to ‘remember’ who God is, what He has done for us and how Jesus’ work on the cross brings us to Him. God knows we have short memories and easily forget what great things He has done in our lives- for us and through us! Lastly, I want to mention what God has in mind for His memory. Hebrews 8:12 God says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” This truth is stated throughout scripture that God forgives completely and will not see our sin when we stand before Him because of our faith in Jesus and what He did on the cross. Praise God!!
What brought this word ‘remember’ to my mind today is that I am planning to attend my 50th High School reunion this weekend. Memory is a funny thing. We often remember only the good things that happened and gloss over them or see them through ‘rose colored glasses’ so to speak. God encourages us to see things truthfully and look at the things we did, their consequences and then what He did for us in spite of our circumstances. He wants us to view things through ‘His lens’ and know we are loved, saved and forgiven. Our past does not have to define us but it helped shape us and bring us to where we are today.
Looking forward to viewing the past and thanking God for all those things that helped bring me to where I am today in Him.
Linda Found these cartoons and could not resist adding them.