September 30th 2009

Remembrance

“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth.”

Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NKJV) 

The call to remember runs throughout the Bible and is used over 260 times. We are told to remember what God has done, what He is doing and what He has promised to do. 

What God has done of first importance is to send Christ to die on the cross for us. Jesus told us, on the night before he died to remember the symbols of his sacrifice. He took the bread and wine saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The bread and wine help us remember what Christ has done for us in the same way the Passover helped the Israelites remember what He did for them in the Exodus. They were continually told not to forget God and His Commandments (Deuteronomy 4:9, 23; 6:12; 8:11). 

Also, by remembering what God did for the people of the Old Testament, we can have confidence and trust in what He has promised for us, that He came to prepare a place for us in the future to be with Him forever.

 Human nature easily forgets spiritual things, such as what last week’s sermon was about. But we remember something bad that happened years ago. 

The Bible is a record of what God has done for humanity throughout history and one way to help us remember God’s activity in our lives is to preserve our own record of what God had done for us personally. We can write down in a journal or memory book anything that particularly struck us in the past week, such as specific prayers God answered, or something we particularly need to remember from Church services. Then, when times of trouble come, we can read our writings and our confidence in God can be revived. 

Remember the most valuable thing in life is our relationship with God. Never forget what He has done, is doing and what He has promised to do in the future. 

Prayer

Father, all around we can see what you have done in your wonderful creation. Thank you for your Bible, which tells us what you have done in the past and will do in the future. Please help me never to forget the most important thing in my life is my relationship with You.

Amen 

Study by Jill Newman

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