“Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart.”
Psalms 119:111 NKJV

A large part of what we now refer to as the Bible is a written proof (a testimony) of historic events passed down from one Jewish generation to another. If they had not taken care to write down these things, we might have missed out on the greatest story ever told.

How so? You may ask. Well, the Bible is centered around Christ and His redemptive work, right? Yet, we see this unfold through seemingly random events carefully recorded by the Jewish people.

For example, who would have thought that the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac on Mount Sinai typifies Christ dying for our sins on the cross of Calvary? (Genesis 22)

Or that the recorded words of the Prophet Isaiah concerning the Virgin bearing a Son, will be referred to, hundreds of years later, by Matthew? (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23)

What about Jesus preaching from Moses and all the Prophets, all things concerning Himself? (Luke 24:27) From these testimonies, He taught about His sufferings and entering into His glory – matters of utmost importance to us!

Imagine if the Jews had not taken time to record these events. How would we even be aware of our need for salvation? How would we have an accurate knowledge of God, the nature of man and His purpose for man and all of creation?

All this is to show the importance of recording testimonies. Testimony, in this context, is an account of things we have heard, seen and experienced.

As believers, we must keep records of certain testimonies. They include prayer points (1 Samuel 1:26-27), answered prayers (Psalms 77:11, 119:139), prophecies (1 Thessalonians 5:20), and historical events of our lives (Luke 5:51).

In time, they will serve as evidence of God’s goodness in our lives. Beyond this, they might bless someone else who comes in contact with them – just like how the Bible has blessed us.

The Jews would usually refer to God as the God of their fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). This is because of how much they have heard of the great things He did with these men, and the covenants He had with them. It should be no different with us.

We must develop a culture of holding dear the testimonies of God and His good works in our hearts. In them exists a potential for spiritual growth, blessings and gratitude to God.

It’s camp meeting season hence the need to be reminded about this subject matter. Do well to read it from time to time.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 7:25-36, I Peter 5:8-14, Songs of Songs 8:8-14, Lamentations 4-5