Reminder

Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Exodus 2:23-24 (NLT)

He remembered His covenant promise. Do you think that God—the God who knows everything—really forgot His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Do you think that God required a reminder? “Oh, shoot! I totally forgot about them. I was so busy doing my own thing somewhere else.”

I don’t think so.

So why did Israel have to cry out?

My youngest niece is three. She’s the cutest little thing. But sometimes she gets it into her head that she’s not going to talk. She’ll gesture and grunt, but refuse to speak. Can she speak? Sure, there are times when you can’t get her to stop talking. But when she wants or needs something, she needs to ask for it, not point and grunt.

I think God is the same way with us sometimes. He knows what we need. He’s never ignorant of that. But He wants us to ask. He knew what He’d promised to Israel, but He wanted them to remember what He’d promised.

This is one of the reasons that, when I teach Bible study, I put stress on learning the “In Him” scriptures. Learn what God has said about you and to you. Know who you are in Him so that, when you’re going through a rough time, you can remember and say, “Hey God, you said you’d be here. You promised me healing. You promised me comfort.”

He doesn’t need the reminder. We do.

Daily Bible reading: Exodus 1-3, Matthew 15:21-39

Your Trust

The world scares me. As a kid, there was trust in the world. There was truth in the world.

I recently had the opportunity to go through the neighbourhoods where I grew up. I remembered playing in the cul-de-sac with the kids next door. I remembered riding bikes down to the park. I remembered my dad playing ball at the park with my siblings and I.

I don’t remember my parents needing to remind me what truth was because, when I was a kid, truth was still more or less absolute. Boys were boys and girls were girls. Lies were bad and honesty was always the best policy. We held to The Thumper Rule – “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” and freedom of speech still meant we could state our opinions and beliefs without people taking offence and proclaiming it hate speech.

Many Christians have even lost sight of speaking truth and have, instead, taken to speaking what makes people happy. They’ve given up their trust in God for trust in man. Man will always fail.

Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust.
Who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!

Psalm 40:4 (ESV)

Remind yourself that God cannot lie. He is Truth. When your trust is in Truth alone, not only will you be on the right path, but you’ll be on the blessed path.

Daily Bible reading: Psalm 38-40; Acts 23:12-35

Remember

Reading through the Gospels, one cannot help but notice how often the disciples, like the Israelites, forgot who they were and who they were with. Many times, Jesus would scold the men who walked with him. This wasn’t even a matter of out-of-sight-out-of-mind. They just plain forgot.

Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?

Mark 8:18 (ESV)

Here Jesus reprimands his disciples for discussing the fact that they were on a boat with only one loaf of bread. Now, for most people, this would be a logical conversation to have, but these are the men who witnessed Jesus feeding a multitude with just a few loaves of bread not once, but twice!

Jesus approaches these men much the way I would my four-year-old nephew. You ask the obvious questions knowing what the answers will be. The purpose is not in the questions or the answers, but in bringing to remembrance truth.

How often do we remind ourselves of who we are and who we are with? To we keep in mind the things that God has done for us so that we won’t forget and begin to argue like the disciples did about things that we know Jesus can take care of?

As you go through your day, bring to remembrance those things that God has already done for you. Remind yourself of who you are and who you are associated with.

Daily Bible reading: Numbers 24-27, Mark 8:11-38