remember: Have in or be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past.
A day or two ago, the thought of the word remember came to my mind along with many thoughts about what it means in my life. I felt I was supposed to share it with others. When I think of the above definition of the word remember, I think about God in His faithfulness. I also think of the people in my life who have sewn seeds and what all the various items that they may have given or done for me, mean to me now, today. I am the type of person that loves to have things that have been given to me or that mean something to me, out on a shelf or table or on a wall in my home. It is a constant reminder to me of God’s goodness, the people they that are represented by these items, and that is good to remember.
There are many important times that scripture has used the word “remember”. Here are a few:
Remember God’s covenant is mentioned two times.
Remember the Sabbath Day.
Remembering that they were slaves in Egypt.
Remember the wonders He has done.
Remember His mercy.
Remember this; fix it in our minds.
Our sins are remembered no more mentioned two times.
In wrath, remember His mercy.
We should continue to remember the poor.
When through our prayers, God brings a name to remember.
Remember Jesus raised.
So, I think God wants us to remember, and use our “remembers” for building stability in our lives. We get so busy in our everyday lives, that we forget to bring out the past into our lives as a way to learn and to grow. It can be used by God to be our teacher. So let’s look for a moment at this word of remember in our lives. It might be someone who has touched our lives, maybe things we have grown up around that bring us pleasure and joy, a story, music, a phone call, traditions or whatever. But we do need to remember what God has told us to remember. Maybe He is calling you to study scripture and memorize verses so that you can bring joy to yourself with His Word at just the right time. Maybe He wants to remind you that you are loved and your sins are remembered no more. Or maybe you have lost a loved one and you feel a bit adrift. He wants you to remember your loved one, and what they meant in your lives, as a way to know God’s goodness. I love to remember and bring those key moments to others. As you read this, take a moment to enjoy that place of “remember”. One of my favorite places to “remember” is when I am at the ocean. God wants to teach us, through the remembering, of His great faithfulness to us. I pray this will speak to you today as it has spoken to me.