We are living and walking through days unlike any we have ever experienced. The way is confusing and hard to navigate.
Not only are these days confusing, but they can be troubling as well. When days become tough and we don’t know where to turn or what to do, it is time to remember what God has done in the past so we can have the confidence necessary to face our today.
You have all heard the story of the older couple who were having trouble remembering. While watching TV, he gets up to go to the kitchen and the wife asks him to bring a bowl of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream. She asks him to write it down so he won’t forget at every turn, but he says he can remember, no need to write it down. After 20 minutes he returns from the kitchen, hands her a plate of bacon and eggs that she looks at with disgust. She sighs and says I knew you would mess it up, you forgot the toast.
To remember is a great challenge, but a great benefit. In the scriptures we see that God is a God who remembers his covenant with us and calls us to remember his faithfulness in our lives.
In Deuteronomy 7:18, God says remember well what the Lord your God did to pharaoh. This is simply one instance that God calls us to reflect and remember the work of God in our past.
In Deuteronomy 8:2, God says to remember how you were led and provided for in the wilderness for 40 years. When the children of Israel would enter the promised land, they were to erect 12 stones to build a rock of remembrance to remind them God had brought them this far and would be faithful to continue in leading them.
In Matthew 16:9 Jesus corrected his followers for their inability to remember the 5 loaves and 2 fish and the feeding of the 5,000.
In Revelation 3:3 it says remember what you have received and hold it fast. What good does it do to remember God’s faithfulness in the past? It builds in me a trust and faith that God will be faithful again. I can trust God.
We would do well to make a list of the ways in which God has moved in our lives in the past. If we could review and be reminded of God’s faithfulness in the past, it will encourage us that God will be faithful in our lives again.
When I don’t understand what in the world is going on. When I don’t see God’s hand at all in my situation. When I don’t know whether I am making right or wrong decisions.
If I could be reminded of God’s faithfulness, of God’s ability to orchestrate situations that are out of my control, then I can be encouraged in the great challenge of trusting God in the unmanageable things I face today.
May we pray and seek God’s face for his help and presence in these unique days. May we remember that faith may be re-ignited in our soul for today.