“But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.” – Psalm 77:11.
Remembrance is an important element of human activity. We remember birthdays, anniversaries, and special events. We remember things that happened in our lives and the lives of loved ones, but can we truly remember things we have not lived through? Psalm 77 says that we can.
Because, in the span of all of history, God remembered us. So this holiday season—complete with party invitations, packages to wrap, trees to decorate, and dozens of other fun activities vying for our attention—let’s remember why we celebrate Christmas. God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins so that we can be in a relationship with Him. Invest in that relationship. Prioritize time with Him. And remember.
Unfortunately, for most of us, it seems life’s accelerator gets stuck to the floor the week of Thanksgiving and stays wide open until we coast into the first week of the new year. We are so overwhelmed that we fail to pause and to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. But it shouldn’t be that way. We may celebrate Christmas, but do we take time to remember who God is and what He is done in our lives?
The word remember is used 245 times in the King James version of the Old Testament. God reminds His people often that He will “remember” the covenant He made. He will not forget what He has promised. But God also admonishes His people to, “Remember the Lord your God.” There are so many passages that call us to remember the greatness of God. “be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 6:12)
We need to remember simply because we are too quick to forget. We don’t spend enough time remembering God’s faithfulness to us, to remember the times He’s been there for us or acted on our behalf. We should be reminded of what God has done throughout 2020 in sustaining us and bringing us to the threshold of another year. God is so faithful. As I Samuel 7:12 says, “…Up to this point the Lord has helped us.”
God has certainly helped us to this day. He has strengthened us, comforted us, loved us, forgiven us, delivered us, guided us, empowered and blessed us, and answered our prayers time and again. God doesn’t want us to forget His goodness. That is why He told the Israelites time and time again to remember Him and all the things He has done “It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.” ( Daniel 4:2 NIV)
Let’s do whatever we can to remember our God and all He has done for us. And may His faithfulness of yesterday make us trust Him today and give us hope for tomorrow.
- How do you feel when you have to keep reminding people to do things? How do you think God feels when He keeps reminding us not to forget Him?
- What did this devotional teach you about remembering God?