Don’t Forget to Make It a Point to Remember
But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?”
Matthew 16:8-9 (NASB)
Do you remember what you learned last Sunday? Last week? Last year?
If you are like me, you may forget to remember. Forgetting can be inconsequential to costly; yet, in our fallen nature, we tend to forget.
It is interesting to note how often God calls His people to remember. At times, He even brings in memory devices. From annual festivals (Ex. 16:1-8), weekly Sabbaths (Deut. 5:13-15), to memorial stones (Josh. 3:17) and tassels on clothing (Num. 15:39) – all of them are meant to bring recall and rejoicing in God’s faithfulness.
When we remember God’s gracious acts and attributes, we are more apt to reflect His nature because our faith is focused on Him. Failing to recall and recite His faithfulness makes us more likely to slip back into patterns of idolatry—of finding our hope and significance in figures of stone, possessions, success and greed. Personal and world history confirms this.
As you see God’s faithfulness in your life, tell Him, tell others, and, maybe, even write it down. The next time you read your Bible, listen to a sermon, or see God answer particular prayer requests, make it a point to remember at least one point of what you have learned. Reminisce over God’s work in the past so you will see Him in your future. Don’t forget to make it a point to remember.