Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way…” How often have I stepped off the path where He walks to lust after another, and how has fear frozen my love, heart, and soul from meeting God in the garden to strategize His plan for my day?
Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant…” How many times have I been in need only to see the goodness of the Lord provide to the most minute detail and all that I didn’t even know to ask or think possible?
Deuteronomy 9:6-7 “God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people. Remember!” It is because of another’s wickedness that God dispossesses them and then gives what they had to His people. Why do I shout and wave the victory sign as if I had done some marvelous feat of courage or brave act of service to deserve His favor?
Deuteronomy 10:12 “…what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” What are the promises I’ve made to God that I’ve forgotten? Has He forgotten all that I said…all that I vowed…all that I poured out, asking Him to take?
Maybe I’m mistaken; maybe God was really just speaking to Israel about some archaic relationship between Him and them.
Remember! Over two thousand years later, Jesus referenced Deuteronomy in speaking to the people of His day. Mark 12:29 says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
God does not speak this way to everyone. He only talks with His people, His children, His chosen about remembering.
Today I remember these things. I have seen His mighty works in my home, His unmerited favor on my job, the needed rest He gives to my mind and the healing He has performed in my body. I have memories of His correction and discipline. I remember His sweet comfort. I have seen the impossible become a done deal.
Today is not unlike any other. I will do like the Widow in Mark 12:44, who “put in all she had, her whole livelihood” because she remembered God’s goodness in her life.