“And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.”
Exodus 13:3 NKJV
In Scriptures, we see a culture of always calling to remembrance what God has done in the past. For example, the children of Israel would refer to their past, and tell stories of how God delivered them from their enemies. They even held festivals to serve as memorials and/or for celebration e.g. the Feast of Unleavened Bread/ Passover.
The Hebrew word ‘Zachor’ meaning ‘remember’ appears 169 times in the Bible (Exodus 20:8-11, Deuteronomy 5:15, 7:18, Psalm 105:5). This places emphasis on the subject of remembrance to God.
So why is it important to remember? And what are the practical ways to do so?
From observation, it seems the human mind has a higher propensity to ponder on the negatives much more than the positives. Thus, we become easily overwhelmed with worry over the slightest issue, and are quick to relegate the joyful moments to the bottom of our minds.
As children of God, we must understand who our Father is and constantly reflect on what He is capable of. In other words, we are to build resistance against fear and anxiety, and focus on His promises to us. This is what we ought to do instead of giving in to worry.
Remembering is a way to achieve this. Write down the things He has already done. When you experience that victory, note it down.
When your prayers are answered, record them. When something you didn’t even expect happens, write it down. Keep it all together. It will give a sure assurance for the days to come and more importantly, help to address present worries.
In summary, remembering what God has previously done is a vital habit to cultivate. If you can, keep a journal of remembrance. Recount His goodness as often as possible. Share your testimonies. The more you tell of His wondrous works, the more you become convinced about them. The less you worry.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 14:15-24, 1 Timothy 3:11-16, Proverbs 5, Ezra 7