Bible Reading & Meditation
Have you ever noticed how often the Bible talks about remembering what God has done? When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, they erected a cairn of twelve stones – as a permanent reminder of how God delivered them from Egypt and was faithful to them in the wilderness (in spite of their unfaithfulness). But it was also meant to produce a continual attitude of thankfulness – encouraging them to trust and obey him in the future – based on what he had already done for them.
In the Psalms, and in the prophets, a call to remember what God did in the past was often used to encourage faith and hope in the midst of despair, or to call people back from sin to renew their faith in God their only hope.
In the New Testament, recalling God’s past acts of salvation was often used to preach the gospel. But more importantly, remembering God produces thanks and praise in the hearts of his people. As you read the following passages, take note of what remembering God and his acts of salvation is intended to produce:
Joshua 4:1-9; Psalm 66; Eph. 2:11-22; 1 Thess. 2:9-20
2 Tim. 2:1-13; Heb. 10:32-39; Col. 4:2
I believe that God wants us to look back over our lives and allow him to show us the many times where he blessed us, saved us, strengthened us, forgave us and restored us. Thank him for what he has done, and thank him for what he will do.
I believe that God wants to say – “I will never let you go. Remember that! Remember too, that no matter what you are going through, I am your hope, your redeemer and your saviour. When all around you are fickle and let you down, I am faithful. You can trust me with your very life! Remember me and I will remember you. Remember to give thanks in every situation, and though the circumstances remain unchanged, you will rise up refreshed and ready to face the day. Remember and give thanks.”
Worshipful prayer time
As you listen to the words of these videos, spend time; watch more than once. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your hope and raise your faith:
– thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your continued presence in my life and your constant love. Come fill me with your Spirit and cause my faith to rise.
– I pray for my family and friends – help them as you have helped me. Help me to be a source of strength for them and help me bring your light into their darkness.
– I pray for all those who are struggling at the moment – financially or otherwise. May they find you and receive all that you have for them.
I praise and bless you with all my heart.
22 Jun 2022