Deuteronomy 16:12 “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.”
The human body is amazing!
Consider our sense of smell. When you put on cologne or perfume, we only smell it for a short time, then no more. Our olfactory nerves block that smell so we can sense others around us.
Our minds seem to do the same.
There are days and times that we will never forget. Then there are days we should remember (birthdays, anniversaries…etc.) that slip from our minds. We do not always remember those significant days as we ought.
June 18th, 1990. The day I placed my faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save me. I will truly never forget that day! But, often, I forget what kind of man I was before I was saved.
Worried. Fearful. Addicted. Often depressed. Unsure. Religious but lost. There were so many things that made up who I was before I met Jesus. But after I trusted Christ, I soon forgot those things.
I have come to realize that to remember who I was, makes me more grateful for who God has made me today. I am not self-made; I am God-made. I know that any good I have ever done in this life has been because it was God doing it through me.
The apostle Paul has helped me to remember.
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Some may have been a success in the life they lived before coming to Christ. Some may have talents on which to rely. Others may have been born into a family that offered a comfortable lifestyle. But, all of us must come to the place where we realize we are lost without Christ and deserving of the punishment and payment for our sins.
For some, it was the fear of Hell that drove us to Jesus. For others, it was His love that drew you. Still, others were alone and felt His presence beckon them. Each of us was singular in our coming to Christ, but made one in Him.
But remembering our salvation is just the beginning.
Often, in times of trouble, we forget to look to God first. Jonah shares this:
Jonah 2:7 “When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.”
We must remember to bring God into the battles of life.
Nehemiah 4:14 “And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”
When we’re sick or going through a night season, we seek God.
Psalm 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”
Sometimes, we feel forgotten. We cry out to God to ensure He doesn’t forget us.
Jeremiah 15:15 “O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.”
God reassures us of His continued presence and undying love toward us.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Remembering is the foundation for our gratitude. When I remember the place from which God saved me, I become truly grateful for the salvation He provided. I may have times of forgetfulness, but I must have a way to bring my heart to gratitude.
Remembering and meditating on those things that bring our heart to thankfulness is an exercise we should practice often.
We ask God to forget, and he does.
Psalm 25:7 “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.”
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
But, thanks be to God, He will never forget us!