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Remembering God

Remembering is an important concept, mentioned throughout the Bible – in fact there are over 230 references in the Bible that deal with remembering.  The Bible speaks often of God’s faithfulness in remembering His promises to us, of our need to remember God and His promises, and warns us directly of the danger of forgetting the truth.   Remembering is intended as more than just a mental exercise.  Through remembering we are called to appropriate action in our lives and in our worship. What is it that God calls us to remember?

In Deuteronomy we are called to remember our requirements, as a child of God, to hear the Lord, love the Lord, instruct the family, and apply the word of the Lord to our lives.  We must also remember that all we have comes from God, that we own nothing on our own, and that we are here to take care of what belongs to God.

[Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord]. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.  And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then] You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teachand impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates. And when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you, with great and goodly cities which you did not build,  And houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full.  [Deuteronomy 6:4-11]]

We are also called to remember that our redemption and salvation is from God.   Jesus is the only one worthy to redeem us from our sins.  There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation – it is a gift given to us solely through God’s grace and our resulting faith in Him alone.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace [Ephesians 1:7].

We are also called to remember the reward we receive for serving God.  God has promised good:  And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers [Deuteronomy 6:18].  Remembering the good work God has done in our lives serves as a reminder of the love He has brought us.  Our memories reveal His presence in our lives – even when we might have missed it at the time and attributed something to our own works or happenstance.  If we remember we can begin to better rely on God now and in the future.   We can serve as a testament to His power and glory.

In our busy lives, don’t forget to remember!  Give thanks that God has brought you to this day.

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