JANUARY 12, 2018
BLOG TOPIC: DON’T FAIL TO REMEMBER
JOSHUA 3:15-16; 4:3, 6, 7
You may already know ~ God is good! God is merciful! God is love! Yes, God is the essence of goodness, mercy, and love. But sometimes, it can be so easy to forget what God has done for us!
Some mornings when I look at my Facebook status a memories pages show up automatically. Facebook post things I’ve posted on that day in previous years. These memories, such as photos, blogs, church events like anniversaries, birthday celebrations and births of children born to various family members, put a smile on my face. However, not all memories are quite so pleasant. There are memories that show pictures of my loved ones who have transitioned and are no longer with me.
are pictures of Danielle and Jayla when she was an infant. The scarf tied around her head reminds me of the effects that chemo had on her body; she lost most of her hair during that period of her illness. There are pictures and post of other friends and family members who are not a part of my life anymore for one reason or another. But in most cases, these remembrances remind me of God’s faithfulness. It reminds me of His endearing love and compassion towards me. These memories remind to pray and express my gratitude for all that He has done, is doing and will do in my life.
Most of us are prone to forget the things God has done for us, especially when things are going well. But when things are going contrary to the way we would like them to go, it behooves us to remember God’s dealings with us in the past. We need to go back to the Bible to see you God worked in the lives of His people. When Joshua led God’s people towards their new home, they had to cross the Jordan River. At that time the river was at flood stage.
But The Lord gave Joshua an illogical instruction. He followed God’s instruction and the people went over on dry land. (Joshua 3:15-16). That’s right God performed a miracle in the presence of all the people. He parted the waters, and His people were able to cross over (Joshua 4:3, 6-7).
When they got on the other side, Joshua commanded a leader from each of the tribes of Israel to take up twelve stones from the middle of the riverbed and then stack them on the other side. He told the elders these words: When others ask what these stones mean, tell them the story of what God did that day, how He dried up the waters of the Jordan, and the people crossed over on dry ground. Joshua wanted that generation of people to rehearse it in the ears of the younger generation so that they would always have a remembrance of that day.
Physical tangible reminders of God’s faithfulness in the past are helpful because they remind us we have a history with God. I have been journaling since 1994. I have dozens of journals that chronicle my life’s journey. I talked with God about everything that was going on in my life. I wrote about my successes and my failures, I talked to Him about my husband, children, and family members. I wrote prayers that celebrated important milestones in my life and I thanked him for His assistance. I was not selfish with my prayers, I prayed for others as well, leaders, pastors, strangers, churches, our country and other things that God laid on my heart. I encourage you to do likewise in some manner or form. Journal is therapy for the soul.
Maybe you really want something and don’t have it yet. Maybe you are going through challenges, adversity, tough times. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, or you might be feeling discouraged about something. Whatever you may be going through, if you are not careful, you may find yourself quickly forgetting what God has done for us. You may be tempted to focus on the negatives, or you may have temporarily forgotten who your source actually is – i.e., God.
We have to be intentional about remembering What God has done for us. This is why David said in the Bible ~ “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” (Psalm 103:2, NLT) May we never take God’s goodness; God’s unfailing love; God’s faithfulness; and God’s mercy for granted. Even when we don’t understand, May we always remember to remember God’s wonderful deeds in our lives. So help us, God, Amen.
I found this source, this page called: (www.JollyNotes.com). On that page was a list of suggestions for how you and I can remember what God has done for us. I thought I would share them with you.
3 Ways to Remember What God Has Done
#1 Think about What God has done
1 Samuel 12:24, ESV Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. Bible Verses about Counting Your Blessings
Psalm 77:11, NIV I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
#2 Thank God for What He has done
When we take the time to thank God for what he has done, the event becomes even more real to us and becomes more stuck in our brains :). When we thank God for what he has done, we release even more blessings for ourselves and for others too. Related: Bible Verses about Thanking God for what He has done
Psalm 34:1-3, GNT I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him. I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us praise his name together! Bible Verses about Being Thankful
#3 Write down what God has done
When we intentionally think about what God has done (See #1 above), many experiences and events will come to mind. It is very helpful to write significant events down as they happen and as we remember, so we can recall them later. For instance, did God answer your prayer about something? Did God minister to you in a very clear way concerning something? Did you witness a miracle in your life or in a loved one’s life? Write it down so you don’t forget.
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signing off now: DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS.