Oh, how easily/quickly we forget! We are, indeed, frail children of dust. God designed and created us, and He knows we forget. We not only forget events in our own lives, we forget history, what God has done for us. This is why God, so many, many times throughout Scripture, adjures us to mark events, to write them down, to put up stones of remembrance, to celebrate days of remembrance. He is specific in His blessings to us; He desires that we be specific in our remembrance of His goodness.
I have a hard enough time remembering to bring my tote bags into the grocery store so I don’t have to use plastic bags. Even though I write things on the calendar, I forget to look at the calendar! My mind is growing ever more feeble. May I ever more strongly depend on my Lord to sustain me.
Checklist to remedy the situation:
- Read God’s Word daily. God’s Word is manna to us: it feeds us, strengthens us, fortifies us, enlightens us, directs us; and we need it every. single. day.
- Keep a journal. Set aside time each day to write down life events, God’s joys, heart songs, heart renderings.
- Look back at your writings from time to time. Pray God’s perspective, so you may see how He has been working in your life, and the lives of others.
- Keep another journal just for God’s Word. As you read Scripture and pray, write down what the Spirit tells you, personally.
- Communicate with family and God’s people. Share your joys and sorrows.
- Set times of family celebrations and memorials. When life events happen, make something of them. Look back at your old calendars and journals. Are you memorializing the important things? Are you passing them down to your children?
- I am seeing, more and more these days, minimalists (those who do not keep things for the sake of having them, whose homes contain only such items as are necessary for functions of living). I confess to being one of them. I have no interest in keeping objects from the old days, “treasures” my parents have collected, great-grandparents’ china. If you do, that’s okay: we’re all different. I insert this because I’m not talking about passing objects down through the generations, although that may happen. My point is that we make a way of remembering God’s interventions and goodness – some kind of celebration.
- Translate God’s memorials into your family / into your life. God instructed the Israelites to commemorate occasions for good purpose. As you read Scripture, be attuned to see if God is directing you in one way or another.
- Rejoice in the Lord daily! Find something to give cause for rejoicing. If life is miserable for a while, give thanks for God’s presence and for His ability to gift you with His perspective.
Following are a few passages in Scripture giving instruction to remember:
Exodus 12.14, 15 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel
Exodus 28.12 And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.
Exodus 28.29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.
Leviticus 2.16 And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the beaten corn thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Leviticus 23.24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Leviticus 24.7 And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Joshua 1.8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 4.5-7 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
Malachi 3.16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name
Luke 22.19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
John 14.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
1 Cor 11.23-26 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.