Sunday, February 1, 2009

REMEMBER

Knowing that I run at a break-neck speed on any average day, I partook of a wonderful book by Pastor Donna Schaper, entitled SABBATH KEEPING. In her book, she makes the case that keeping the Sabbath is truly a matter of “holy remembering”. We are called to pause once a week to look back at what the Lord has brought us through in order that the Holy Spirit might empower us for the things we are about to face in the days ahead. I definitely found this to be an idea worth pursuing.

The proof of Pastor Schaper’s idea is borne out in Scripture. In preparing this entry, I found that the word “remember” was used over 233 times. (NIV) God commands His people to remember through things like Passover, Communion, sharing history with our children and being mindful of those less fortunate, whom we tend to forget. In Lamentations 3:21-23, the prophet, Jeremiah, displays the benefit of remembering by stating, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (My italicizing)

What would our lives look like if we made the effort to pause, at least weekly, to recall all the Lord has brought us through? I, for one, would be more at peace and full of joy. Just this past week God has brought us through a frightening internal bleeding incident with complete healing. Hallelujah! Recalling that strengthens me for the week ahead with the assurance that the Savior is watching over my son. And this is just one of the things I could pause to remember. If I listed all the health situations, joblessness, financial woes, relationship difficulties and assorted crises we should have dissolved under by man’s standard, it would be far too much to contain in this entry.

Why don’t you take some time to get quiet today and remember? I’ll bet you’ll find that the Lord has carried you through some amazing situations. And when these memories return to you, He will fill you with His contentment and peace. Blessed Sabbath!

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