Don’t Forget

Pray | Lord, you have done so many good things for me. May I not forget but remember the countless ways you have provided for, led and loved me.

It seems so easy for us to remember and keep track of the things that don’t go well. We can quickly recall words or actions that have left us feeling ignored, hurt angry, forgotten. But how often do we count the good? How do we keep an eye on, or even better, our heart focused on, the countless things that have been done for us, that are a blessing, that revive and refresh us? How do we not forget the good that has been done?

Read | Deuteronomy 8:15-18

He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Reflect |

I love the story in Joshua 4 in which the Lord instructs Joshua to have twelve stones picked up from the middle of the Jordan River. They are to set them up to serve as a sign of what the Lord did that day – dry up the river so the whole nation of Israel could cross over to the Promised Land. The purpose was to remember and pass on what the Lord had done, for one day their children would see those stones and ask about them, and the story of what God did in that place would be remembered and told. In Exodus 17:14 God tells Moses to write on a scroll how the Amalekites were defeated. God wanted to make sure Joshua heard how this battle was won, and he wanted that deliverance remembered.

God seems clear that he wants to prepare us before we head into the best places. When our spiritual disciplines are in place, and the road invariably gets hard, our disciplines will lead us straight to our Father. And when our bellies are full and we lock the doors to our fine houses, we will praise the Lord for what He has done. And we must find ways to remember what the Lord has done. Stack your stones, write in your journal, do what you will, but we must remember and pass on what the Lord has done, and that He is good.

What dreadful wilderness have you traversed with God leading the way? When was a time he brought you refreshing water when all you saw was parched land? How do you remember what the Lord has done for you?

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