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September 17, 1994

Don’t Forget

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Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. PSALM 77:10-12
In the business world, we always look forward. We try to predict the future. We plan for the future. The future is our hope. It’s everything we have. We spend all our time, effort, and money on things in the future. Strategic planning is all about anticipation—how we’re going to get from here to there.
None of that is wrong unless we start assuming that we can actually know the future. But in the middle of all our forecasting and predicting, the psalmist jerks us out of the future and sends us back to the past. Scripture instructs us to remember the past. We’re not supposed to rehash our sins or rest on the laurels of what we did right; we’re supposed to remember all the good things that God has done for us.
Time and time again throughout Scripture, the nation of Israel recounted how God took them out of slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land. They remembered the miracles He did along the way, and they meditated on the mighty deeds He accomplished. Such recollections kept God’s power and holiness fresh in their minds and kept them in the correct frame of mind for worshiping Him.
This kind of reflection is still beneficial for us today. Remembering what God did for us in the past helps us have faith to face an uncertain future. The things we remember may not be as dramatic as the miracles God did for the children of Israel, but they are no less significant when it comes to building our faith.
Take a few minutes to reflect on your past. What has God done for you? Whether it was the time He saved you from making a bad decision or the time He restored a broken relationship, remembering such events gives you a sense of confidence that the same God Who did things for you in the past can and will intervene for you in the future.

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