by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Near the end of Joshua’s life the brave warrior who led the Israelites into Canaan told the people to remember God’s promises. He reminded them not to forget what Jehovah had done for them. He told the Israelites to be grateful God was a Promise Keeper as they remembered promises God fulfilled.
I believe that is good advice for each of us, as well. Don’t you? Remember God’s promises, and as we remember, be grateful.
Often I’ve found we enjoy the blessings of fulfilled promises, but quickly forget them when another trial or trouble comes into our lives. It would appear we have selective memories.
The Women’s Devotional Guide to the Bible speaks to this, and suggests each of us take the time to recall and record what God has done in our life. The author suggests we look back over the long term, review where we were and where we are now, and how God got us there.
She suggests we remember events in our life where God fulfilled his promises to save us, to protect us, to give us hope, to be our strength, to bring healing and record those times that reflect God’s promise-keeping character.
In short, we are to remember God’s promises.
As we remember, we pray our thanks of gratitude to God for his goodness.
Might I suggest each of us take out our journals and, in my case, our favorite colored pen, and look over our life. For some of us, remembering events in our life where God fulfilled his promises may encompass many decades, for others, not as many.
Some of us might start by remembering the times we feel God showed up and showed out in miraculous ways. These times may be the first things we record. Others might take a linear approach and begin at the beginning.
This exercise is not intended to be a quick run-through. It is intended to be a thoughtful, worshipful exercise of gratitude to our God who keeps his promises. If you decide to join me in this, let me know your thoughts.
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It’s almost time for me to die. You know and fully believe that the Lord has done great things for you. You know that he has not failed to keep any of his promises. Joshua 23:14 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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