June 28, 2022

The Self-discipline of Remembering

I took a little bit stroll down reminiscence lane and skim by a few of my journals from faculty. On one hand I really feel like a wholly totally different particular person than I used to be 10 years in the past. I used to be inspired to see that the years had supplied at the very least a tiny little bit of knowledge. However as I learn by the pages I used to be additionally struck by how far I haven’t come. A few of the issues I wrestled with and struggled to grasp about God and His will for my life then are nonetheless issues I wrestle with at this time. In some methods I really feel like the road from a Bebo Norman tune: No farther ahead, simply farther alongside.

With this in thoughts I used to be studying by Deuteronomy final week. It struck me that the Lord requested the Israelites to bear in mind; to recollect His legal guidelines and commandments, and to recollect how He had rescued them and led them. The attention-grabbing factor to notice is the timing of all this. God’s folks had been wandering within the desert for the final 40 years, and now they’re about to enter the land God had promised them. The top is in sight, and their prayers are about to be answered.

God didn’t need them to neglect all He had accomplished for them.  He tells them:

“You shall keep in mind that you had been a slave within the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God introduced you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm (5:15, ESV).

In the event you say in your coronary heart, ‘These nations are larger than I. How can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them however you shall bear in mind what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the good trials that your eyes noticed, the indicators, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm (7:17-19).

And also you shall bear in mind the entire approach that the Lord your God has led you these forty years within the wilderness, that he would possibly humble you, testing you to know what was in your coronary heart, whether or not you’d maintain his commandments or not (8:2).”

There’s energy in remembering. It retains our doubts at bay after we concentrate on what the Lord has already accomplished for us and what He’ll proceed to do for us. And generally our religion is strengthened within the ready as a result of it forces us to recollect. Once they confronted opposition, the Israelites may bear in mind how God delivered them from Pharaoh. When their crops had been threatened, they may bear in mind the manna that got here on daily basis.

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I like the thought of disciplining myself to recollect. To look again and see how the Lord has directed each single step I’ve taken and ordained each one among my days in keeping with His excellent will.

What helps you bear in mind?

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