Remember: Part 1

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

So,

the best predictor of God’s future faithfulness is God’s past faithfulness,

in our lives, AND, in the lives of others.

 

I used to think God’s intervention was never in the ordinary;

Now I know His intervention is what makes things extraordinary.

 

When I was in college, I played guitar for some local worship bands.

I had a beginner’s guitar. I had saved up money for it and purchased it from a local pawn shop.

The day came though when I needed one that plugged in.

A neighborhood music store advertised on the radio that one Friday night, for three hours only, as a “thank you” to the community that supported it, all their inventory would be heavily marked down. Like more than fifty percent.

I had been praying that God would supply me a guitar I could use to better point people to Him. This, it occurred to me, could have been His answer.

So I went straight there and waited outside for the doors to open. I was third in line.

I prayed “God, I need a guitar. Can you help me find one?”

The doors opened, I went straight to a beautiful Ovation plug-in, acoustic with a fiberglass back, built-in tuner, for $1,800.

I knew this was the one. I didn’t look at any other guitars.

I walked it to the counter, they rung it up. $700.

I had a brand new credit card. I swallowed hard, nearly threw up, and put it all on there. It had an $800 limit.

I trusted God would make it right.

The next day the wife of an older gentleman I worked with came by my job.

She handed me an envelope.

“We’ve been down for the summer but haven’t found a church to tithe to yet. We’ve been putting a tenth of every paycheck in a basket in our bedroom. For some reason, at about 6:00 last night, God pressed it on our hearts to give this to you.”

She handed me an envelope as I squinted to recall that at 6 I was standing in line at a music store.

It was so surreal, I can still remember the song that was playing on the radio. Which was named, ironically, “Pinch Me.”

I won’t tell you how much was in there. But I know that I took out the amount I spent on the guitar with plenty left over. I gave the rest to a pastor I knew who was out of work and had a family to support.

He ended up with more than me.

This was a catalyzing experience for me in trusting God.

 

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The command in the Bible for us to remember appears far more than most of us stop to realize.

More than the command to pray (109 times), to forgive (61 times), or even to believe (152 times).

The command to remember appears 168 times.

Why?

Because if we don’t, we will forget.

Forget His past faithfulness.

Forget His past miracles.

Forget His past trustworthiness.

And when we forget, we doubt.

Moses reminds the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6, before he turns over rank to Joshua, his final, parting words:

“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (12).

 

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So, when’s the last time you stopped to remember?

Do it now.

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