We need to remember to remember…(The Bible’s Impact on History and Philosophy [Feb 2])

Do you remember when? Ever considered how much you have forgotten? We need to remember to remember so that we don’t forget!

So someone hurts you in some way, what is your first response? Do you remember the lesson you learned about forgiveness?

So you are asked to step up into a position that seems so much bigger than you, how do you respond? Do you remember the lesson you learned about obeying God and leaning not on your own understanding? Do you remember how nothing is too big for God?

So what lessons have you learned? What things have you been taught? We need to remember to remember lest we forget!

Those lessons go beyond ourselves and are to be passed on. Those lessons aren’t just for ourselves but are for the people in our lives. We need to share the truth about love! We need to share the truth about hope! We need to share the truth about forgiveness! We need to share the truth about obedience! We need to share the truth about blessings! We need to share the truth about the future! We need to share the truth about the end!

Don’t wait till it is too late but rather remember and share today!

Take God as His Word! Take time to hear it, listen to it, and then apply it in your life today!

Today’s reading comes from Deuteronomy and is the key focus for today. In particular Deuteronomy 4:9.

Moses Commands Obedience

4 “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you. 3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal-peor, for the LORD your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor. 4 But you who held fast to the LORD your God are all alive today. 5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? 8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?

9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— 10 how on the day that you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’ 11 And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom. 12 Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments, and he wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and rules, that you might do them in the land that you are going over to possess.

–from Deuteronomy 4

With today’s theme on the impact on history and philosophy, today’s memory comes from the Holocaust Memorial Museum. We need to remember to remember for those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. We can either learn through our own experiences or we can learn through the experiences of others. Are you willing to share your experiences with the people around you so they don’t have to walk through it themselves? Are you willing to stop and listen to someone else’s story rather than having to walk through the trials and the troubles and the pains for yourself?

In the museum, you will find placed in a prominent place the words of Deuteronomy 4:9…

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord that Your ways are better than my ways and Your timing is perfect. I lift up this day to You and ask for Your wisdom, discernment, and favor as I go to accomplish Your plans, Your purposes, and Your will for and in and through my life. May all I say and do bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.