POSITIVE REMEMBERING OF GOD’S LOVE
June 03, 2021
Prayer: Please bring to our minds and hearts Your awesome deeds, O Lord, so that our spirits will soar with praise and thanksgiving. Thank You. Amen.
Scripture: But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the LORD do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT
How about all those times when God has delivered you — often from your own errors and even from yourself?
The human mind seems to want to forget the good and always lament on the bad or the difficult. As persons in relationship with God (believers, Christ-followers, Christians) we have opportunity to call upon the very power of God to release the hold of negative fear or the memory of past painful experiences and permit our trust and confidence in God’s love for us and in his unsurpassable power to make great things come about.
When we seek glory for God rather than for ourselves, then we are more willing to dwell on the great things God has done. But such positive remembering is a discipline that requires practice. The scripture writer in Deuteronomy said for us to “not let these things escape from your mind.” That implies an effort of will to round up those thoughts.
Make a list today; what has God delivered you from in the past ten years; past year; past month; past week? The amazing fact is that some of these things we will not know because God protected us from a problem that we otherwise would have stumbled into. But even when an unpleasant experience is a part of the day we face, we can hold tight to this practice of positive remembering of what God has done. This will give us confidence to hold tightly to our faith.
The passage in Romans 8:28 captures this best. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Is that you — one who loves (unconditionally) God, and has said “yes” to the call of God upon your life? Then know that ultimate good comes, and reflect upon all the “good” that has come from all you have gone through.
May this day be another in the string of your positive remembering and may that help you anticipate more “good” to come because God is in charge.
Copyright Dan Elliott. Email firstname.lastname@example.org