“But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
I had no idea what she was talking about. That’s what made it so cute.
“Remember? This is where I fell,” informed Sofie as she pointed to the pinpoint scab on her foot. The problem was that I didn’t remember. How could I? It had been almost a year since we’d seen our two-year-old granddaughter.
During our visit, we heard Sofie begin many sentences with, “Remember. . . ?” Her favorite word still echoes in my head.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we heard God whisper that word when we’re suffering or struggling?
“Remember? I’m here. I’ll never leave you. Remember?”
The Bible hints at God’s desire for us to remember Him. Numerous times in Deuteronomy we read the command to remember God.
In 2 Timothy 2:7-9 we find the reminder to remember Christ. “Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.”
At the Lord’s Supper, Christ commanded his apostles to, “do this in remembrance of me.”
That familiar Passover meal previously signified deliverance from slavery in Egypt. After His death, Christ wanted it to represent His crucifixion which released us from spiritual bondage.
Christ suffered severe pain on the cross so that we might have life eternal in heaven. Because He came into the world, He knows our challenges and understands our sorrow.
We cry out, “Lord, I’m in such pain.”
“I understand,” He replies empathetically.
God also understands our tendency to forget Him in the midst of all-consuming pain and suffering.
The key to coping is to remember Him.
Sofie asks me if I remember and it’s adorable. God commands me to remember and it’s necessary.
How can you endure your life with pain? You have access to a faithful and loving God.
Prayer: Dear Father, Forgive me for forgetting how You’ve helped me in the past. I praise You for Your longsuffering and compassion. And for Your power and provision. What an awesome thing it is to have free access to You. Help me remember You’re always with me. Just a prayer away. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net
What do you remember most about God and how He’s helped you?
When fear overwhelms us we are powerless to send it away without replacing it with God’s presence. Whether that is through His Word, prayers, or recalling His faithfulness in past times, we must cling to Him. This song is “Faithful” with Brooke Fraser. May it bless you today. -Lisa