God Remembers Us. Let Us Remember Him.
God emphasizes remembering in Scripture. The writers in the Old Testament constantly urge the Israelites to “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” (Deuteronomy 5:15, NIV). God calls us to remember what He has done for us.
Unfortunately, we so often forget our own testimonies when we find ourselves in a temporary pit. When things get tough we forget who we were when we first let Jesus transform our lives, and who we have become as a result of his unfathomable love. We too easily forget how he saved us from our slavery in Egypt and the glorious inheritance He has reserved for us. We too often forget how faithful He is.
Our God is a gracious God who takes the time to teach us how to remember. We can remember God because he shows in Scripture how He remembers us and our situations. Several times, God is cited as specifically remembering His people. When God remembered Noah in Genesis 8, He receded the waters. When God remembered Abraham in Genesis 19, He saved Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. When God remembered Rachel in Genesis 30, He gave her a fertile womb. When God remembers, he acts. We are called to do the same.
Because God remembers us, He desires that we remember Him. Hosea 6:6 reads: "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." God tells His people that he doesn't desire action without first recognizing who He is. He is a God who desires to be acknowledged. To be remembered. To have you look at his gazing eyes of love. Then, from that remembering of God, our lives can reflect a worshipful countenance in everything we do.
Not only does remembering God affect how we live, but we are given a choice when we remember our past and present relationships. When perhaps an unpleasant memory of childhood abuse arises, we have the choice to either act in a forgiving and loving manner, or hold a grudge and destroy relationships through hate. Our memories will never leave us, but we must daily make decisions for our attitudes towards them as we let those memories shape us. Do we release our painful memories to Jesus, or try to control our own feelings and the other person through our remembering?
You are remembered by the Most High King, and as he remembers you he places the boundary lines in pleasant places and gives you a beautiful inheritance.
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