The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.
We forget too many things we should never forget. We forget what time we are meeting someone for lunch; we forget our wedding anniversary; we forget what day a certain event is taking place; we forget what time our favorite football team is playing on T.V. We forget all kinds of things.
But what is most distressing in terms of things we forget is when we forget the works of God or God Himself. It is so much easier to do than we realize.
The discipline of remembering God’s works is prevalent in the Bible – especially the Torah.
- Exodus 13:3 – “REMEMBER this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage …”
- Deuteronomy 4:9 – ” … Take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, LEST YOU FORGET the things your eyes have seen, and lest you depart from your heart all the days of your life.”
- Deuteronomy 5:15 – “… REMEMBER you were a slave in Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm …”
- Deuteronomy 6:10-12 – “So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers … to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant … then beware, LEST YOUR FORGET the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
- Deuteronomy 8:2, 11, 18-19 – “And YOU SHALL REMEMBER the LORD your God led you all the way these 40 years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart. … Beware that YOU DO NOT FORGET the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes. … And YOU SHALL REMEMBER the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers … if you BY ANY MEANS FORGET the LORD your God, and follow other Gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.”
- Deuteronomy 15:15 – “YOU SHALL REMEMBER that you were a slave in Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this day.”
- Deuteronomy 16:12 – “And YOU SHALL REMEMBER that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.”
- Deuteronomy 24:18 – “But YOU SHALL REMEMBER that you were a slave in Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this thing.”
Moses tells his people look back into the past and inquire the lessons to be learned. God even established special festivals to commemorate and remembers acts of God in history.
To God, having a good memory is crucial to faith. That is our lesson when it comes to history: learn from it. You might remember a philosopher saying something like this, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
We want to be “rememberers” of God. We want to never forget God is in control of every “fair” or “unfair” circumstance and event. We want to never forget God longs for faithful men who are not committed to superstitious religion but religion that results in obedience. We want to never forget the faithful, covenant love of our God who loves the unfaithful. We want to never forget the omnipotence is God who is able to defeat the strongest enemy we might face. We want to never forget to fear God rather than man – the Creator rather then the creation, the infinite rather the finite. We want to never forget God rewards those wholly devoted to Him in the midst of great disobedience and disloyalty.