Do you ever recall times that you know the Lord provided, healed, or delivered you? It’s easy for us to take God’s protection and provision for granted. Now, we may at the time of occurrence, say “Thank you Lord,” but has it impacted our understanding of what it means to remember God? Too often when we think of God’s commands, our mind goes straight to Moses, the Hebrew children, and the tablets of stone. Did you know God also commanded them to remember Him?
After the wilderness journey, God instructed them to remember all that he had done for them before they entered the promised land. Why? In times of plenty, many people take credit for prosperity, and become proud that their own hard work and intellect brought them wealth.
Think for a moment… Have you thanked God for the simple everyday luxuries we are so blessed with? Things like air conditioning, clean water, a roof over our head, safety each time we venture on the highway, food, clothes, health, etc. We seldom take time to thank God when all is well.
God reminded the children of Israel that when they were in the wilderness, their clothes and shoes never wore out, He provided water from the rock, delivered them from fiery serpents and scorpions, and fed them from heaven! They were to remember this, and pass it down to future generations.
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
— Deuteronomy 8:1
Israel is being warned not to forget God. When in the wilderness, all they did was complain (which is why it took so long to get out). All they noticed was personal discomfort. They were selfish. Even though their needs were met, they didn’t like how, and with what, God chose to do it. Now they get to experience the full blessing and promise that was given, but with it also comes responsibility! If they forget God, the blessing will be removed. (Deuteronomy 8:19)
Are we, as born again believers in Christ, witnessing to others of God’s provision? Do we live a life of thankfulness, expressing gratitude? Or do others hear us complain about our circumstances, and not getting what we want? God provides everything that we need. It is only how we choose to view it, that one decides if they are rich or poor!
Please take a few moments each day, and remember God! Don’t focus on the negative, but begin to discipline your thoughts to recall every blessing He has provided. Think about this… We tell people we will pray for them, right? Well, if we never spend time reflecting on those we know God healed or provided for, and speaking of it to others, then how can we have the faith we need to go to Him in prayer?
Let me encourage you to read Deuteronomy 8 today. Ask God to give you understanding, and application of it, as you read. We are His children, and can claim His promises for our life as well, because of Jesus Christ, who came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it!
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
— Deuteronomy 8:18
The Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is the pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg. This is the sermon she delivered this past Sunday.