I love the story of Moses and how God helped him deliver the Israelites out of captivity. (I would highly suggest reading Exodus if unfamiliar with story) The Israelites we’re suffering under the hand of the Egyptians and God put Moses in a position to do something about it. With God’s help and many miracles that ended badly for the Egyptians, Pharaoh finally released the Israelites from enslavement.
After walking through the Red Sea on land and then singing/praising God for providing freedom, a few days without water in the wilderness brought on the slew of complaints. So many miracles were performed beyond what anyone else could ever do to prove that God was in complete control of this situation and all it took was three days to forget what God had done?
I’ve joked in the past, not understanding how the Israelites could complain on their journey out of slavery to the promise land. Surely things had to be much better than it was when they were being worked long and hard hours. Did they really believe that the same God who had rescued them out of Egypt would do so just to let them die in the wilderness?
Why can’t these people just remember what God had done for them? Probably because they are human! Interestingly enough we are ALL guilty of forgetting to remember what God has done for us especially when we are in the midst of hard times. How do you act when you are thirsty, tired and hungry- me not so great.
If you are anything like me you may have a long list of things God has done for you over the years. Prayers answered, situations changed, obstacles cleared… However, I often found that when through a trial, all I can think of is what’s going on right now. I sometimes forget how good God has been to me over the years and fall into this pity party asking God why he does not care about what I’m going through right now.
One thing I started about 10 years ago that has helped was prayer cards. I decided to write down my prayers with a date on the front of an index card. I would pray over these cards and then I put them in my nightstand drawer. Randomly one-day several months later while I was cleaning I ran into my stack of cards. Surprisingly some had already been answered but I honestly didn’t even realize it because I’m sure I was in the midst of needing a different prayer answered at the time. (The story of my life…;).
It was like a light clicked on. Sometimes I can’t even see or remember what God is doing in my life because I move on so quickly to my next situation. I started turning the cards over and writing thanks to God and the date prayers were answered. Fast forward to several years later, I’ve kept all my old cards and have added many more. It has been so interesting over the years to look back and see what has changed in my life and those around me.
God knows how fast we would forget which is why many Bible stories explain the building of stone memorials so that the people could remember the event that took place. Whatever is going on in your life look back and please don’t forget TO REMEMBER!