Luke 14:29. It is a sign of character to finish the jobs we undertake. It should also be a priority in parenting to teach this to our children. Faithfulness is at the heart of the matter and the ensuing testimony is a tribute or a dishonor to the family name. (Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,)
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; (1 Chronicles 16:12)
Guess who in the Bible is first said to remember something.
God! He remembered Noah who was floating on the flood. Obviously, the verb needs a slightly modified definition when applied to Him, since we can hardly say that He ever forgot anything.
But this subject is a fascinating one. Have you ever stopped to ponder the reality of memory?
What a blessing it can be! God is so good to have given us this ability. He could simply have left it out of our makeup, that we not have the capability to rehearse and relish the wonderful experiences of the past.
I woke up a little while ago, in the middle of the night, thanks to jet lag. I found myself reliving the many kisses I recently placed on the sweet face of Chloe, our beautiful, brand new grand daughter! She is thousands of miles away now and I can't go visit her in the morning nor gently rub her soft, fresh cheek . . .
But I can savor the experience in my mind, smile, and thank the Lord for the gift of memory.
This verse is part of David's happy song of praise to God when the Ark was placed in the Tabernacle. It was a personal habit of his to go over and over the wonderful works of his Master, to stop and revel in the truth of divine mercy. And he encourages us to do the same.
There is something quite spiritually healthy about it, and it is especially useful in those duller moments of life when we are tempted to despondency or self pity.
Can you remember the moment you put your faith in the Lord Jesus?
Pause for a second, and think about it.
How about the day you led a soul to Christ? Can you remember a specific moment of divine protection, when you should have been severely injured or died? Can you recall a special incident of financial need when the Lord touched another of His children to come along side of you to meet it? Can you think of a song, sung by a choir or congregation, that sent your soul soaring into the heavenlies? What about the memory of the first time you met your spouse, or gazed at a majestic mountain peak, or held a newborn?
Each of these are treasures God allows to stay in our memory bank. They can be powerful tools of encouragement when put to proper use. Throughout the Scriptures the Lord tells us to pull out these spiritual weapons during key moments of life. We find His people benefitting from this practice as they faced major battles, dark moments of disappointment, or times of confusion.
God has placed eternity in our hearts and part of what that includes is the capacity to remember His marvelous works and bask in the assurance of His grace.
Dear Father, thank You for such a special gift. Help me to recall often those kind gestures You so generously sow along my path. And Lord, thank You for remembering me, every day of my life, even when I have forgotten you. Amen.
Matthew 24:2. It had never occurred to me before that this is actually to be said of EVERY BUILDING EVER built by the hands of man. I have admired the 2,000+ year old aqueduct of Segovia (Spain) which the authorities are trying so hard to preserve. There are even laws about noise levels, because of the effects it has on the massive monument. But ultimately, it will fall as well. (And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.)