To be able to remember something is a powerful thing.
From remembering your name, all the way to remembering an old childhood memory.
That ability to retain memory, look back, and recall to the mind thinking of something again is key in this life we live.
Just so you can get a grasp of how major this is, think with me. What if we were not capable of remembering?
We would not know our name or age, address to our home, the school we go to, our family and friends, Boyfriends or Girlfriends, our jobs, skills and talents, even our Faith and every other minor/major detail in our life.
It’s shocking when we realize how much we utilize the ability to remember.
When we take a look at scripture, believe it or not, the idea of remembering is all across God’s word. Unfortunately, so is the opposite, forgetting.
Turning to Genesis 3:6, we find Eve in quite a conversation in which you all are aware of. In this moment she forgets what God said in order to receive temporary pleasure.
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6
We find here that Eve fails to remember what God has commanded about eating the fruit from this tree.
And the craziest thing about it all is she remembered and recalled it in verse 3 when she told the serpent, “But God said.”
It’s amazing to me how we so quickly forget the commands of God.
Moving forward to Exodus.
We come to this book and look at a people who have experienced some “Only God” movements. Movements and moments only God himself could have created.
The Israelites would come to experience God in a new spectacular way having God free them from slavery, provide a way across the red sea as their backs were up against the wall with the Egyptian army chasing them, Raining bread down from Heaven for their hunger, Fulfilling the Israelites’ thirst in the wilderness by sending water from a rock, and also encountering God himself at Mount Sinai.
We can all come to this agreement, the ability to see all that the Israelites saw would be life changing.
The Israelites knew after their miraculous journey so far that God is not just “A” god but “The” Lord God Almighty who should be feared and obeyed.
And do you know how this awesome journey would come to be for the Israelites? 2 words.
Exodus 2:23-24 says, “During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.” (Emphasis Added)
Unfortunately, somehow we turn to Exodus 32 and it seems as if the Israelites fail at remembering.
Starting with the first four verses of Exodus 32.
“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’“
Here we not only see the Israelites forgetting the hand of God but also the command of God.
What I mean by this, is that by God’s sovereign power, Israel had been brought out of the Land of Egypt.
This was only by the hand of God, and the Israelites failed to remember that.
They also failed to remember what God had commanded in saying this, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Not only that but He also told Moses in the same chapter to tell the people of Israel this, “You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.” (Exodus 20:22-23)
Something so specific and yet the Israelites still do the very thing they were told not to do.
And, since the Israelites forgot, there were consequences.
Scripture reminds us that 3,000 Israelites were killed for persisting in the act of idolatry. A perfect illustration of how sin leads to death.
Not only that, but God decided to remove His presence among His people.
We find this to be true in the first three verses of Exodus 33.
The LORD said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring, I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (Exodus 33:1-3, Emphasis Added)
Ultimately, bad things will happen when we forget who God is, what God has done, and what God has commanded.
We need to remember to remember.
- His Will
- His Plan
- His Commands
- His Teachings
- His Promises
- His Ways
- His Statutes
- His Precepts
- His Work
- His Mission
- His Story
- His Gospel
- And Ultimately Himself
The bad news is when it comes to Remembering all this, it’s hard to stay Reminded. We live in a loud world that is constantly placing junk on our mind and forcing trash in our ears. The good news though is that God has given us something so special for us to use to Remember all that he wants us to know.
A few years ago, after being a newlywed, I went out of the country on my first mission trip. It was an awesome experience that came with some cultural shock. It was somewhat difficult for me to leave my wife for a week and somewhat step out of my comfort zone. My wife gave me something for my trip that I’ll never forget. It was lettered for each day I was out of the country away from her. The letters would say how much she was praying for our team, how she missed me, and how much she loves me. I looked forward to waking up every day and reading my letter from my sweet wife wondering what she was going to say next. That was honestly a motivator to get me through the week away. I share that with you to say this, I was reminded that week of how much my wife loves me. Through love letters, I remembered how much she means to me and how much I mean to her.
Thankfully, our God has given us similar writings concerning who He is and His perfect love for us. The bible is a key resource when it comes to Remembering God’s truth in our lives.
Finishing up, I believe it’s only appropriate to leave you with ways we can remind ourselves of what we need to remember.
1. Memorize His Word
- It starts here: God speaking to our hearts using his word. When He does, we need not forget what was said but constantly recall that God-given message by memorizing scripture. As Colossians 3:16 teaches, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
2.Find ourselves a person like Peter.
- Looking at 2 Peter 1:12-15, “Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.”
- Peter reminds his readers of God’s divine nature and power He has, to pursue holiness, and what the future of a believer holds.
- Peter knew that reminding us of those things are vital to our spiritual lives, to our escape from the corruption that is in the world and
- to make evident of what God would have us to do in our lives.
- We need to place people like Peter in our lives to help us Remember the truth.
3. Lastly, we all have God to remind us as well.
- Jesus said, “The helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
- Thankfully, we as believers, who have been gifted with the Holy Spirit, are able to be reminded of the ways of God by God himself.
- When God himself reminds us, we must pay attention.
I believe there will be total life change when we practice these things.
Our mindset will be totally reconstructed to dwell on the things of God at all times.