Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 30, 2011
“I remember the days of long ago; I mediate on all your works and consider what your hands have done”. Psalm 143:5
God memories help us to remember what is really important in life. The Lord’s wonderful works come in a variety of expressions. For example, we may have seen His hand at work during our conversion experience while attending church or an old fashioned revival meeting. Or, maybe His answer to prayer arrested our hearts during a contemplative conversation with Christ along a quiet creek bed.
Our meditation on the Almighty’s activities activates our heart with faith and hope. It is when we ruminate on His righteous acts that we tend to feel secure and certain. When our own work leads us to wander, we can still wonder at the works of His hands. He can work through our works in spite of our works. A mind always on the move needs the maintenance of God’s memories to meditate and muse on His encouraging acts.
“They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them” (Nehemiah 9:17).
Therefore, look through your minds eye and see in hindsight how heaven has directed your days. His Holy Spirit may have led you to say no to one career opportunity because He had a more significant option in mind. The Lord may have closed one door of higher education, and opened another you would not have scripted, but it was precisely how you met your life mate.
You saw His works in a little baby He may have blessed you with, to nurture and love. Or it may be the memory of being with a grandparent, and experiencing God’s canopy of creation together. It was here you heard the wisdom of the Lord, and felt unconditional love and acceptance. Use these God memories to galvanize your faith, and to make you more like your memory maker Jesus.
“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory…” (2Peter 1:12-13a).
What God memories would I do well to reflect on with gratitude and hope?
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