Here we are again. Almost at the end of another year. The first step is to celebrate the last year?
As we approach this new year we may be happy to forget 2015, our mistake and failures, but it is also important that we remember our blessings and what we have learned. Psalm 103:2 sais, “Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things He does for me.” God realizes that we often forget what he has done for us and that’s why in Deuteronomy. 6:12 Moses issued a final warning to Israel just before they entered the promised land, “beware, lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt…” The meaning of the Hebrew word for a memorial (v. 7) is “to remember.” Given our inclination to forget it is little wonder that memorials have frequently played an important role in biblical history.
Here are some reasons why it’s important that we remember what God has done for us:
1. Forgetting leads to unbelief, then rebellion. Even though the children of Israel had just witnessed the miraculous ten plagues of Egypt and escaped 400 years of slavery, they “soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against Him at the Red Sea.” (Ps.106:7) Immediately following their Red Sea miracle, they lost hope when there was no water source. Repeatedly, the children of Israel forgot the miracles God had just done for them, and they grumbled, wanted to turn back.
2. Forgetting makes us do foolish things. At Mt. Sinai, the people got tired of waiting for Moses and “traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating ox!” (Ps. 106:20) How quickly the people forgot what God had done! Forgetting causes us to get impatient and not wait on His direction. (Ps. 106:13) when we forget we become impatient and impatient people often do foolish things.
3. Forgetting ignites God’s anger. They forgot God, their Saviour, who had done such great things, such wonderful things and such awesome deeds, so “He declared He would destroy them.” (Ps. 106:21-23)
The practical solution here is to Record and Remember. Take some time today to write down at least five blessings from 2015. What things are you thankful for? What have you learned from difficult situations in 2015?