My wife and I were in Kingston, Jamaica for the last few days for a wedding. It was my first time there and it was great! Late on Sunday night I was having my “Encounter Time” with God ( I call it encounter time because that is what I want to do every time I spend time with Him). I was reading in Deuteronomy and in the first 8 chapters, one word that I kept reading was ‘remember’.
As we all know, God did some tremendous miracles during the time of Moses’s leadership with the Israelites. In case you don’t know or recall them all, here are a few ‘minor’ miracles:
• Rescued them from a dictator by sending plagues the world has never seen before: Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Livestock, and much more.
• Parting the Red Sea so that upwards of a million people could cross it. Also killing the most powerful army on the planet at the time.
• Feeding and hydrating millions of people in a wilderness and desert for 40 years. His only means were the sky and a rock.
God wanted them to remember, because He knew that human nature is to forget the great things God has done for us when we are going through tough times. He was getting ready to take them into their promised land and He knew they would have some tough moments ahead of them, so He wanted them to remember how good He was even though their current circumstances didn’t look like it.
Before we enter our Promised Land we will most likely have a time where our circumstances look bleak. In those moments we must “remember” when and how God has already shown up in our lives. It may be that He performed a super-natural miracle, answered a prayer, or set you free from entanglement. It’s these bleak moments that test and grow our faith to make it as Peter wrote “pure as gold”. In order to occupy the “Promised Land” God is giving you, one thing you must do is “remember” what He has done for you in the past. The biggest thing we must constantly remember as members of the New Covenant, is the death and resurrection of Jesus. That one act shows us how much God loves us and is for us.