A walk to remember

 

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Sometimes, we need the reminder.

The end of a year tends to produce some very familiar habits. These include attending celebrations and making resolutions for the coming year.

What the year’s end also presents is an opportunity for reflection. Naturally, the close of one chapter prompts us to pause and skim the previous pages. I’d like to offer a word of admonishment, to this end, upon entering 2016.

While certainly appropriate, the close of a year is not the only time to reflect. In fact, this should actually be a spiritual discipline, one which we practice every day of our lives.

Psalm 106 gives us a snapshot of what it looks like when we develop short memories. Verses 6-7 read this way:

Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness. Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. (ESV)

For Israel, their neglect to remember was reckoned to them as sin. When we forget to recall what God has done, our hearts wax cold and our faith becomes diluted. Moreover, it becomes easier to complain rather than to be thankful.

To be sure, forgetting what God has done takes nothing away from his feats, but hinders our expectation for the future. Celebrating God’s deeds should mark our lives as believers, yes, but the byproduct is belief in the fulfillment of his promises.

Israel actually highlights this truth by doing the opposite. Psalm 106:21, 24 records, “They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt . . . Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise.” 

As people of faith, let us rehearse God’s works in our hearts. This brings glory to our God and Savior, and assures our hearts before him.

But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. (Psalm 77:11-12 NLT)

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~ by christianballenger on December 31, 2015.

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