11th November 2011

God Remembers

“A scroll of remembrance was written.”
Malachi 3:16 (NIV UK)

Sometimes it’s important to recollect key moments from the past. Pausing for two minutes’ silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month is all about that.

Of course, being human, we do tend to forget the importance of things. Maybe, at times of extreme distress, people forgot why they were fighting those wars to end all wars. And, what with our busy lives, we just don’t think of the sacrifices made to maintain our freedoms. That’s why we have “Remembrance Day” – lest we forget. Not all countries have such a sense of history. I was once in a country that had been devastated by years of civil conflict and fighting. When asked what had led their nation to this state, the answer was no one knew. All that those around me knew was the immediate hunger and the fear. To them the past did not matter; only the present.

The Bible explains that God remembers his people. Christians have fought a good fight, and their names are written in a book of life, meaning that they belong to Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

A few years ago I went to a chapel and saw my uncle’s name listed among those who had died in service to his country. He was killed in the aftermath of Dunkirk. His name is written in his regiment’s scroll of remembrance for World War II. Similarly, Malachi sees our names as being inscribed on a divine scroll of remembrance. He assures God’s people that in heaven they will be remembered always. His message crosses the centuries to us.  Through it God tells us that we will never be forgotten.

Let’s remember those who died in senseless wars. In addition let’s pray that our nations don’t repeat the same mistakes.

Also, don’t forget this: God remembers you.

Almighty Father, too many have died in humanity’s wars. We remember them, and, more importantly, we know that you remember them.  We also know that you remember us always. Thank you that, in your remembering us, we have hope and reassurance.
In Jesus’ names.

Study by James Henderson

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