Remember: Part 2

I used to think God revealed His will in segments and paths;
Now I know it’s sometimes by step.

At the end of my college career, I had met and fallen in love with a beautiful redhead named Hannah.

She was two years behind me in school.

This posed a problem, since I knew God had called me to Seminary, and I didn’t want to go without my Hannah.

The night before I graduated college, before I walked across the platform on the beautiful new football field, I got on my knees and prayed:

“God, I feel You have called me to Seminary. You know I’ll follow You anywhere. I also believe You put Hannah in my life, specifically planted in my path by You. She has two years before she can leave with me. If there is any way, can you keep me here for two more years until she graduates? Once she does, I will marry her and we will move away together. Not my will, but Yours be done.”

The next morning, my phone rang.

I worked through my college years in the food services department of a large corporation as a Supervisor. Directly reportable to an Assistant Food Services Manager, who of course reported to the Food Services Manager. The Supervisor was a seasonal position. The Assistant and the Manager positions were both year-round, full-time.

It was the Assistant Manager on the phone.

“Corporate has asked me to step from the Assistant Manager position into the Manager one. I told them I would consider it under one condition –I have two years left until my retirement, and the only way I would ever be Manager is if you were my Assistant. I know this isn’t what you want to do with your life, but all I’m asking for is two years.

 

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The command in the Bible for us to remember appears more often 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.

If we are lazy, 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).

Be careful. This implies some casual, subversive tendency towards forgetting, not an overt, intentional one.

Be on your guard. Push back against it.

Set yourself up to have to remember.

And he doesn’t leave it there- instead he names something specific to remember.

“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt.”

If we are not specific in our memories, in our praises, in our catalogues of memories of God’s past faithfulness, we are robbing ourselves of courage for tomorrow.

These Israelites would face giants just over the river. A daunting thought, had they not just escaped Egypt through miracles and plagues, had they not just outrun millions of the world’s best trained soldiers across the Red Sea.

The best indicator of God’s future faithfulness is His past faithfulness.

 

If you’ve got a long, intimidating road up ahead,

STOP.

Take inventory of what He has done in your past. It’s safe to bet that there are things there that are inexplicable without Him. Things far more impressive than a shiny new guitar or an Assistant Food Services Manager job.

STOP.

TAKE INVENTORY.

REFRAME.

Chances are the giant on your horizon is nothing compared to the army in your rear view.

 

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

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