At this time of year, many people are involved in ‘remembering’.

At this time of year, many people are involved in ‘remembering’. I recall as a child reciting over and again “Remember, Remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot.” In fact, November has two occasions of ‘Remembrance’: • Guy Fawkes on Bonfire night when the gunpowder plot that tried to overthrow King James I and his government is remembered, and • Remembrance Sunday when British and Commonwealth Military Service personnel who served in the two World Wars and conflicts ever since are remembered. In contrast, it is interesting to see what God in His Word asks us to remember. In Deuteronomy 8 v11 Moses warned the children of Israel to ‘Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.’ (NIV) The whole of Deuteronomy is a book of remembrance, reminding God’s people how he had brought them out of Egypt with a mighty hand and wondrous works to save them from slavery and into their own land to be His people. God wanted to bless them and care for them and for them to respond to His love and mercy, so Moses urges them to remember all this as they entered the land of promise. The wise man encouraged the reader to ‘Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come...’ in Ecclesiastes 12 v1. While we have the opportunity to turn to God we should grasp it! It is vital we remember what has been done for us and act accordingly. When we do there are words of encouragement for us: ‘Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honoured his name.’ Malachi 3 v16. If we revere and obey the Lord and remember His ways and follow His Son’s perfect example, our names can be written in the book of remembrance and we shall be part of God’s wonderful plan.

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