Thanksgiving: We Remember

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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