When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea… But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold… They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea. —Psalm 106:7, 13, 22
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Romans 15:4-6
How well is our memory? The Israelites gave no thought to His miracles. They did not remember His kindness and ended up rebelling against God. In their forgetfulness they did not wait on Him for His plan to unfold. They forgot how He had saved them out of Egypt, the great things He had done for them, the miracles He had performed and the awesome deeds He had done. They did not remember… Do you and I?
God tells us that “everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” God has given us His Word that we might have endurance, encouragement and hope. This is not only for us, but as we share His Word with others do we show them how they can endure, how they can have encouragement and hope? This is what God’s Word does for us and we need to bring this message to others.
How well do you remember what He has done for you? How well do you remember His kindness to you? How well do you wait for His plan to unfold? How well do you remember Him who saved you and the awesome deeds He has done? Or, do you not take the time to remember and forget?
Our endurance, encouragement and hope will come from remembering what He has said. That is why we are told to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). Oh, let us constantly remind ourselves of who He is and what He has done. Then may we bring this wonderful news to others. Oh, that we would continually be listening to what He has to say to us in His Word. May it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYu8ZyETnKo
Dear Father, help me to remember and to be patient as Your plan unfolds. It is Your plan and You have laid out that race plan for me. Please just help me keep my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!