They believed His words;
They sang His praises.
They soon forgot His works.
God has told us many times to remember all we’ve seen Him do and to tell our children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9), and yet:
“Many churches have forgotten
the premium that the historic Judeo-Christian tradition
placed on remembrance …
and recalling the right things.
The ‘great sin’ of the Old Testament
(at least it is the most recurrent offense).
‘Remember’ is the most frequent command
in the Old Testament.”
(Clapham Memo, January 19, 2007,
“Back and Forth,” by Mike Metzger; emphasis mine)
Memoirists have a great honor, a high privilege: We get to “Remember His marvelous works which He has done (Psalm 105:5).
Memoirists have the joy of putting into words what we’ve seen God do. I’m not talking about supernatural events that would get tweeted around the world—though such noteworthy things happen sometimes. No, mostly we write about everyday events because most of us are ordinary people living ordinary lives—yet God is in the midst of our everyday lives, working out His best for us, blessing us, working out His ultimate purposes.
You are a very present help in trouble.
Today, I want to remember all the times
You have helped me in trouble.
I am quick to cry out to You for help,
but I am slow to remember the countless times
You intervened to meet my deepest needs.
Especially I remember _______ and _______.
Thank You, Lord.”
(Lloyd John Ogilvie, Quiet Moments with God;
Remembering takes time. Remembering requires commitment. Be intentional. Carve out times and quiet places that will give you opportunities to remember, and be sure to have pencil and paper with you.
Remembering, rediscovering, what God has done—and connecting the dots—will knock your socks off. You’ll be more blessed than you can imagine.
Related post: Gathering Up your memories