On Remembering

One of the consistent themes in the Old Testament is remembering. Remember what I did in Egypt, remember what I did in the desert, remember what I did in the midst of you. Deuteronomy 11:2 has an even more interesting theme:

Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm

Remember not only that I did these things, but that you witnessed what I did. Why? So that those who witnessed the work of God might have the strength to go forth and do what what was left to be done in their generation.  Deuteronomy 11:8:

Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,

What role does memory serve in our own walks with the Lord? Why do we remember the great works and interventions of God on our lives? Why are we so prone to forgetting God? As the hymnist puts it:

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love

We are prone to forget that in Christ we are loved by God and accepted by him. We hear it so often but seldom let it into our hearts. When we don’t remember whose we are, we can not go forth and be restored. Our dismembered selves can not be healed and transformed into the new life and new humanity.

We need to strive and take time to remember and understand and know the work of the Lord in the fabric of our lives.

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