“Remember this!” How many times have I heard or said those words? Sadly, I regularly forget what it was that I was determined to remember.
Maybe that’s why God places such emphasis on remembering.
One of the most succinct verses on what to remember is the following verse in Isaiah:
“Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:8-10
That I remember, and I believe it wholeheartedly. The problem for me is remembering everything that follows from that point, from believing God. I simply cannot keep track of everything. God is way too big for my little brain.
Thankfully God remembers everything and everyone.
I did a quick word search (emphasis on quick) of the word “remember” in BibleGateway, and I counted the use of the word in three columns: 1) as it refers to us remembering God or his commands, 2) as it refers to God remembering us, or our prayers to that effect, and 3) uses of the word that don’t involve God.
It surprised me to find that there are about as many references to God remembering us as there are commands that we remember God.
God always remembers. He remembers that we are dust, and therefore that we are prone to forgetting. He remembers his covenant. He remembers his promises. “He remembered us in our low estate; His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:23)
That truth is very encouraging. I will never remember all that I want to remember. God knows that I will forget, and He is quite capable of reminding me if I remain attentive to Him.
Maybe that is the main thing to remember. If I begin each day with a prayer to be reminded of that which I need to remember about God; His love for me, His unlimited power, His enduring grace and mercy, His perfect providence in all things, and that His purpose will stand, I can trust Him to remind me. Because I might forget.
What is difficult for you to remember? Do you trust God to remind you?
“Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to you love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.” Psalm 25:6-7