Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Read To Remember

(We will return to Job as the foreshadowing of Christ).

    Fellowship with God requires much remembrance.

    "I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all Thy work, and talk of Thy doings" (Psalm 77:11-12).

    Our awareness and experience of God's present working rests upon our confidence in His "wonders of old."  This relates primarily to the Scriptural record of God's involvement in the lives of His people.  How He worked in Abraham, Moses, Rahab, David, Daniel, Mary, John, Philip, Paul, and Peter reveals to us the truths that guide and inform our present experience of grace and truth in the Lord Jesus.  Not every detail of their experience applies to us, of course, but the underlying affirmations and insights concerning God's faithfulness prepares us for faithful response to Him.

    This need for recollection provides one of the primary reasons believers must consistently expose our hearts and minds to the Bible's pages.  We read in order to remember, and thus to ready ourselves for the blessings, challenges, responsibilities and relatings to God and man that life in Christ involves.  The older I get, the more I realize I must in some manner record things I want to remember.  I no longer trust my memory to keep important facts near enough in my consciousness for availability and usage.  This is always true in spiritual matters, and our Heavenly Father understands His sheep well enough to know our need for the record of His voice.  This He has given us in the gift of the Scriptures, and unto such grace and truth must we consistently avail ourselves if we are to "remember the works of the Lord" for the purpose of adequate response to His present working in our lives.

"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope: it is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness."
(Lamentations 3:21-23)
"I remembered Thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself."
(Psalm 119:52)

Weekly Memory Verse
    And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
(II Thessalonians 3:5)

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