Something I love about God’s
Word is that this precious book includes testimony from ordinary people.
Stories of people just like you and me fill the pages of scripture, and so I
can often relate to the men and women in the Bible. In my own life I find I can
identify with some of their struggles and concerns.
For example, even though the
disciples walked with Jesus, learned from Him and saw Him perform miracles,
they sometimes forgot His teachings. If we are honest, I wonder how many of us
also forget what Jesus has taught us, and what His death on the cross and
resurrection really mean for those who trust in Him?
We see repeatedly throughout
the Gospels Jesus explaining to His followers about how He would be crucified
and raised to life. Yet, in Luke 24, we find the women at the tomb wondering
where Jesus’ body had been taken. John’s Gospel tells us that even when Peter
and John came to the empty tomb on that resurrection morning they did not
understand Jesus had risen from the grave. They failed to remember that Jesus
had told them this would happen.
During the Passover meal in
the upper room before Jesus is crucified, Jesus tells His disciples to remember
Him. In John 15:19-21, Jesus says to remember His teaching about a servant not
being greater than his master. Jesus promises in John 14:26 that the Holy
Spirit will remind the disciples of everything He taught them. In Acts 11,
Peter says he remembered Jesus’ promise that baptism would come by the Holy
Remembering is important.
The entire Bible tells the story of how God remembers His children. Genesis
9:15 says God remembered His covenant with Noah and His promise to never again
flood the earth.
In Exodus God remembers His
covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He delivers His people from Egypt.
Even when the people complained in the wilderness, God remembers them and
provides for them.
If remembering is so
important, why do we forget? Why do we forget the wonderful grace and mercy and
glory of our Savior? I think one reason is because we get so busy with life we
do not stop nearly often enough to give God thanks.
If we are intentional about
every single day thanking God for salvation and the many other blessings He
gives, remembering His goodness during the tough times is easier.
Remembering His teaching,
faithfulness and love will just become part of who we are. When God gives good
gifts we won’t complain because we think we deserve more — we will remember God
has already done more for us in Jesus Christ than we could ever deserve or
What will you remember this
“When I remember thee upon
my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my
help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” Psalm 63:6-7