Forgetting brings death, but remembering brings life.
Forgetfulness is a societal disease many people suffer. We don’t try to forget—it just happens. We don’t remember phone numbers because we have cell phones that store them for us. We don’t remember driving directions because we have Google Maps. We don’t remember birthdays, anniversaries, or doctor’s appointments because we have Outlook. Technology helps us remember but it can serve as a crutch.
Then we have certain memories etched into our minds, which cannot be erased—our first kiss, a vacation to Kauai, or the birth of our first child. These memories are like candy to our minds. But sometimes we have negative memories, which stick in our brain like velcro—the death of a loved-one, our first car accident, or pornography. These memories are like cancer that never leave. These memories—both good and bad—are welded into our brain and sometimes stick with us for a lifetime.
Because memory is powerful, God tells us to remember Him. He instructs us to remember His past, present, and future deeds so we can be encouraged. Recalling to mind God’s deeds demonstrate His supremacy against false idols. Remembering God’s “loyal love” (hesed) gives us confidence He will never leave nor forsake us. Remembering God’s holiness distinguishes Him against today’s idols competing for our devotion. God wants us to remember Him because He is good.
In today’s media-saturated society, focusing on God can become very challenging. Facebook, Twitter, and other websites consume our time and attention. Television shows, such as The Office, Biggest Loser, and NBA games, devour our evenings. Often, we end up remembering lines Michael Scott, of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, but we forget what the angels in heaven sing about God. Recalling how God is good to us doesn’t cross our minds.
Consider these ways God demonstrates His goodness to us:
- All things are held together in Jesus (Colossians 1:17), which means He keeps our entire solar system perfectly balanced
- He provides the only way to have a relationship with the Father (John 14:6)
- His word is truth (John 17:17), which means we can depend on what He says
- God demonstrated His love to you by giving up His Son to die on the cross so you and I wouldn’t need to bear the punishment for our sin—Jesus did that by dying and rising from the dead (John 3:16)
God is worthy of our worship. He’s worthy of our remembrance. Worship and remembrance go together. We worship a God because we remember who He is and what His Son has done for us on the cross.
Question: How has God been good to you lately?