Remember

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

I Chronicles 16:12

Remember.  That word is a difficult one for some people.  Personally, I am the kind of person who can easily remember Jimmy Key’s league leading ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987 (2.76), but will look frantically for my keys while I am holding them in my hand.  As people, we tend to forget things, especially things that we don’t think about all that often.  Our forgetfulness is one of the reasons David told this to the Israelites: “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done”.

Do we remember all of the marvellous works that He has done for us?  How often do we really think about all of the marvellous works that He has done for us and in us?  Maybe a better question would be “has He done a marvellous work in us?”.  If God has done something great for you, that is something that should be remembered often.  Jesus Christ came to Earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross and rose from the dead.  And He did that to take away my sin.  That is a marvellous work.  If nothing else good ever happens to me in this life, that is still the most marvellous work of all.  But He has done other great things in my life.  It is my job to keep them in remembrance.

When we are remembering and thinking about all of the great and marvellous things that the Lord has done for us, we are going to be thankful.  A person who is focusing on what the Lord has done for them is a person who is not going to have a problem complaining.  We are to be thankful, joyful and content.  And the way to be those things is to focus on Him and all of his marvellous works.  May we keep our eyes on Him and off of ourselves!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Oh Ben . . .that’s the perfect recipe for not complaining! How can we in light of all He’s done? Also, yesterday on another blog (The Best Days Of My Life) a comment appeared that suggested the author was dwelling on the subject and needed to move on. But, as it came out ,more understanding about the author and why she is blogging was revealed. It is to remember what He has done, not dwell on what they had done. That is something we don’t want to move on from! God bless you and thanks for your timely posts! deb

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    • Thanks so much, Deb. The other day, I ordered a sandwich to eat on the road, and, when I opened it, it had onions on it. I don’t like onions. I really started complaining. After a few minutes of bitterness, it was like the Lord just said to me, if that’s all you have to complain about, you’re doing pretty good. And then I felt really foolish. Onions on my sandwich was probably my biggest problem of the day. The Lord has been very good to me!

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  2. Ben, I have forgotten a lot of things I once knew. In fact, one time my husband mentioned a car we used to own, a Nissan, and I was certain we had never owned such a car. I had no memory of it! But one thing I do remember and that is the marvelous thing God did when He saved me from myself. Thanks for the encouragement to not just “not forget” but to regularly and actively remember, to dwell on, the marvelous things He has done. Peace, Linda

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    • Thanks, Linda! I really like that about not just “not forgetting”, but actively remembering all He has done for us. I do need to dwell more on His mercy and kindness to me!

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  3. Ben,
    Looking at the great blessings He has worked in our lives is a great way to keep our head straight with Him. Our lives have the tendancy to be so busy that our minds fill with the white noise that accompanies a hectic lifestyle, which doesn’t leave room for remembering our blessings. Thank you for reminding us to remember. God Bless
    Jim

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    • I know what you mean about our minds getting filled with everything else. And not even bad things, really. Just superfluous stuff that accompanies life. It is so easy to take His blessings for granted, and I have got to work harder on remembering Him all the time. Thanks!

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