Remember When?

I believe God gave us a memory for many reasons.

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Me and Aaron20003

Everyone’s life is a story that could, and maybe should be told. However, not everyone takes the time to review and learn from their life. Many believe life is like an uncontrolled roller coaster; you just take it as it comes with no concern as to where it has been. In reality, God has a purpose, planned out for us from before time. When we find that purpose, and pursue it, is when we will be most satisfied.

God has a purpose, planned out for us from before time.

“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we, who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us, may be greatly encouraged.” [Hebrews 6:17-18 NIV]

I believe God gave us a memory for many reasons. Perhaps the most important, to a follower of the Master, is to recall each and every time He intervened in our lives in an ‘other than every day’ happening. We see this in the way He taught the ancient Jews to remember those special events. He did so in two ways.

One way was to have them build an altar at a geographical location where He had intervened to rescue them, or show them something new in their lives. A second way was that God set aside ‘Holy Days,’ annual celebrations designed to remember Him and something specific He did for them, e.g. Passover, Firstfruits, etc.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” [Proverbs 16:9 NIV]

My wife and I can look back through the years and remember where God acted through certain extraordinary times or events, to take us into a deeper relationship with Him. We like to say we have built an altar there, at each of those points. One reason for that, we believe, is so that when we encounter something new that bodes of danger, uncertainty or fear, we can look to those altars, recall those previous times and events, and remember how God intervened in our life. Thus we will be reassured of His Trustworthiness to ‘”never leave us or forsake us.”

We know, we have complete assurance, that He will either

  1. walk with us through the new challenge,
  2. lift us out of the challenge, or
  3. take us home to be with Him.

Now that’s a win/win/win.

Author: Sojourner

I am a slave of my Master, Jesus Christ, the living Son of God. Learner. Teacher. Writer. Sojourner.

5 thoughts on “Remember When?”

  1. I love your three points of assurance ~ AMEN! AMEN! AND AMEN! Thank you for sharing this, especially the picture. I would not have known who was in the picture if not for the comments from your daughter and you ~ how warming to see this relationship between you and your daughter. This is precious. The altars you mention we have come to know in terms of Another Day ~ Another Altar, each one being priceless. Thank you for reading our blog. We enjoy yours. Have a blessed week-end. ~ Fran

    1. Thank you, Fran. I have enjoyed reading your posts. I can sense a very close walk – that of your husband and you – with the Master. It bleeds through all you writing!

  2. Thank you, Dad, for this great reminder! This is something I know I learned from you and Mom and now strive to do in our family. I have to be honest…the pic of you and Aaron brought tears to my eyes. My how these days are moving ever so quickly, and I am trying to enjoy each one without looking too far into the future.
    I so appreciate your heart, desire, and relationship with the Lord. Y’all have gone through (are going through) testing. You have stopped, looked, and remembered God’s faithfulness in your lives. I know that has encouraged you through those times. You and Mom have been FAITHFUL and continued to trust GOD and it has been a testimony to so many.

    I love you!

    1. Thank you, Dori. Yes, his expression in that picture is priceless, a portent of the inquisitive and loving young man that he has become! Thank you for your kind words. I can only say that this journey we have been on has proven the faithfulness and trustworthiness of our Father God, as well as the power and blessings we receive from reading and studying God’s Word. I love you, too!

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