Have you ever forgotten anything? No, that’s not a trick question. All of us have moments when our brains seem to travel into a different state, only to return at some later date. I came home from school the other day and I noticed a bottle of pills sitting on the kitchen table. That wasn’t anything unusual, my wife is always trying new things: new recipes, new pain suppressors, new vitamins…… in other words, anything that looks good and comes highly recommended. I guess I’ve grown used to seeing new things at our house. Recently a book was delivered to our door entitled, “Volumetrics”. I knew not to ask, but I did anyway. “What’s Volumetrics?” and of course her answer was, “Read it!”. And so, when I later saw the bottle of pills on the kitchen table, as usual, I picked it up and read the label. It said, “To improve memory”. I was confused. You see, my wife has an unbelievable memory. She can remember which restaurant we went to for our 10th wedding anniversary, what we had to eat and what time we had to be home before the babysitter started charging us overtime. And so, I knew not to ask, but I did anyway. “What are the pills for?” Her answer was very succinct, “For you.” Yes, if only I had remembered: “Don’t Ask!”
Memory is vital to God. There are many truths we need to remember. For instance, we need to remember that Jesus is coming again. How can I know if I am remembering this truth? By the way I live, by the way I speak, and by my actions toward others. How much time do I spend talking about Jesus as opposed to how much time I spend talking about the latest mask mandate or the latest gaffe that a certain politician spoke? Am I remembering that my Savior is returning and returning soon?
Paul said in I Corinthians 11:26: “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes”. There are several reasons we practice communion, none of which is more important than remembering. Remembering His death. Remembering to proclaim His death until He comes. To go forward as a Christian, it is vital that we remember.
As Christians, we are notorious for forgetting the truths we have learned as believers. God Himself had to remind the Israelites of what happened in their past. Isaiah 46:9: “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me”. The former things were all important to God: bringing Joseph to Egypt to save his people from starvation, Moses leading the Israelites out of captivity, or even Joshua leading the tribes into the Promised Land. Each event was never to be forgotten by God’s children. If the Israelites were to go forward, it was vital that they remembered the memorial markers God had placed in their past.
Once again, we have no excuse not to remember the things that we have learned since the day we moved from darkness to light and to continue soaking in all the knowledge that God has prepared for us to live the holy life that He desires for each of His children. Take that Bible class, listen to that sermon, get out those old notes that were so promising when you wrote them down and remind yourself of all those wonderful truths. And if you need a little help, I have a bottle of pills that just may help!
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