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The Grace to Remember

Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
1 Chronicles 16:12

I remember my first date when I was sixteen years old. That was eons ago. It was a lunch date with my dad; the one and only time he asked me to do something with him. Just the two of us. I treasure the memory. Lunch was ordinary. Time with my dad was extraordinary. I felt lovable. I was seen and heardI remain thankful.
When we forget important life events we are pained by the damage it may have caused to our relationships. But when we remember significant matters, we affirm our love and care for others.

Remember is the most repeated command in the Old Testament, and for good reason.

To remember is a directive to us for our good; it is also a way God shows us His grace. To remember is a grace. To forget what God has done is to forget the God Who has done all things on our behalf.

Remember the Cross. Sacrificial love.
Remember Jesus’ Resurrection. Power over death.
Remember how God loved us while we were yet sinners.Forgiveness.
Remember how God made us a new creation with a new identity in Christ. Redemption.
Remember that God made us co-heirs with Christ. Adoption.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago (Psalm 77:11)

It’s a constant struggle for me to keep remembering (continuous action) that God loves me. Grumbling is a sure sign of my forgetfulness. How about you? But then He reminds me how He has provided for me throughdifficulties and wandering from HimRemembering who God is and whose I am is the best cure for grumbling.

As grace allows me to reflect on God’s innumerable deeds, I’m released from self-focus. My heart bows before Him and I’m stirred to adoration and gratitude. 

My Father in Heaven, keep me pondering Your marvelous works as a part of Your grace.

Karen Sims

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