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“You can’t make your mind forget what your heart won’t, good memories may fade from the mind but great memories live on through the heart.” These thoughts by Rashida Rowe capture the role of why remembering is important to people.
The Command to Remember
God commanded his people to remember the benefits of a relationship with him.
Remember these things, O Jacob,
and Israel, for you are my servant;
I formed you, you are my servant;
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud,
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you. (Isaiah 44.21-22)
Like the Hebrews of Isaiah’s day, we too can remember what God has done for us.
(1) We are his servants. It is a high honor to serve governmental officials or highly successful business leaders.
How much greater is the honor of serving the Creator God of the universe. God has so ordered the world that all humans can serve the Greatest Being of All.
(2) God has not forgotten us. God knows your name. He knows your dreams, hurts, desires, failings, and so much more.
When life is difficult, we need to remember that God has not forgotten us.
(3) God completely removes the guilt of our sins. God does not threaten us with judgment for past failures and rebellion. He completely forgives our sins.
Once a cloud or a mist has passed, it will never appear again. This is how thoroughly God cleanses us from sin.
John said, “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1.9). Please notice the word “all” as it relates to our sin.
God does not cleanse us from a few of our sins, but then reserves others for future punishment. He cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
(4) God has redeemed us. When God redeems humans, he releases them from the hardships of life.
Jesus spoke of how God sets people free from bondage to sin. “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8.34, 36).
God wants us to remember his benefits for a particular reason. When we remember his goodness to us, we will return to a faithful and obedient relationship with him (verse 22).
Along with Israel’s history, there is also a glorious future for God’s servants. All of God’s servants can identify with the words of Isaiah.
Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
shout, O depths of the earth;
break forth into singing, O mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
and will be glorified in Israel. (Isaiah 44.23)
Past redemption is remembered and future activity is prophesied. God is glorified by what he does with his people.
God’s reality and his character are made known through the way he interacts with his servants.
God is both Creator and Redeemer.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who by myself spread out the earth;
Who frustrates the omens of liars,
and makes fools of diviners;
who turns back the wise,
and makes their knowledge foolish;
Who confirms the word of his servant,
and fulfills the prediction of his messengers;
who says of Jerusalem, “It shall be inhabited,”
and of the cities of Judah, “They shall be rebuilt,
and I will raise up their ruins.” (Isaiah 44.24-26)
As Creator, God is responsible for the galaxies and human life.
The false gods are revealed to be liars and fools. They claim to provide what they can not deliver.
In contrast, God’s power and love are revealed by the way he freed Hebrew people from slavery and established them in Jerusalem. Through the prophets, God declared that this would take place. God is exalted above all pretenders because his word is fulfilled.
I have the joy of telling the stories of God’s redemption of the Maywood Baptist people. I could fill an entire blog article with the names of people who have new life because of a very real God, who loves and saves people.
No modern-day idol can accomplish what God does when he fills the human heart with his love.
Please join me today and praise God for who he is. He offers us transforming friendship. Let’s enjoy life with our Creator, Redeemer, and Savior.
About This Blog
Rudy Ross and I produce a daily video of these blog articles on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy is Jewish, a Christian, and an excellent Bible student. The videos present insights from a dialogue with the two of us.
I am indebted to Dr. John Oswalt, who has written an excellent two-volume commentary on Isaiah for insights into the Book of Isaiah.
Please email your prayer requests to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood Baptist Church prayer team will pray for you.