One idea/thought that I’m coming into 2020 armed with is knowing that our God is one who remembers, then moves – always. God always remembers and He always moves into our lives with the power to make an everlasting impact. This phrasing is borrowed from Dr. Larry Crabb who describes God like this in his book Fully Alive.
When I thought about our being made in God’s image, our task when facing temptation of any kind is to first remember the story of God, remember the story He wants to write with our lives, then move towards Him in faith.
Lord, help ME to remember and move!
As humans we are prone to forget things – good things, important things – over time. We need constant reminding to stay on task. Many times in the Old Testament God instructed that something be done like stones being taken from a dry river bed and setup inland just to serve as reminders for the people of that day and generations to come of who He is and what He did.
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lordyour God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”Joshua 4:4-7
Lord Help US to remember and move!
Here are a few more scriptures that speak to remembering:
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9 KJV
“but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” – Psalms 1:2-3 NIV
Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:” – Deuteronomy 8:11 KJV
“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” – Isaiah 49:15 KJV
“But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” – Isaiah 49:14-16 NIV
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” – Psalms 9:17 KJV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” – Psalms 103:2 KJV
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:” – Proverbs 3:1 KJV
“Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.” – Proverbs 31:5 KJV