This month marks the 11th anniversary of our church. In many ways, it seems like only yesterday that we began meeting together - and in other ways, it seems like we’ve always been doing this. Over the years, one of the things that I’ve learned to appreciate about anniversaries, is the opportunity that they provide for us to reflect back on all God has done in and through our church. As I was taking time to do that this week, God reminded me of Psalm 105:1-5, which says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises. Tell everyone about His wonderful deeds. Exult in His holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him. Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles, and the rulings He has given.”
I love this passage because of how it reminds us that there is power in taking time to remember - especially when it's remembering all that God has done for us. It's powerful is because, as we remember all that God's done for us in the past, it encourages us that He will care for us in the future. But even more than that, it also reminds us that God has a plan, and He never abandons His plans or His promises. And while we may know these things on an intellectual level, the truth is we often “forget” them on an emotional level when we're facing challenging times. Remembering the truth about who God is and how He deals with us will build our strength for moving forward.
So even when life is tough and things don’t seem to make sense to us, we need to remember God's faithfulness to us in the past, and then rest assured that He is in control and is working out His plan in the present - and for the future. We have to believe that the God who loves us so deeply has our best interest at heart. And then we need to let that knowledge encourage and strengthen us, and motivate us to keep moving forward in daily choosing to live for Him.
So today, let's take time to remember. Let's remember all that God has done for us. And then out of that remembering, let's ask Him to build our faith that He will continue to do great and wonderful things for us in the present, and the future.