The Purpose of Remembering

Exodus 12:25-27
And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.  And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?  That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.  And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

The Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt was a big deal.  Decades of slavery had culminated in a showdown between Moses and Pharaoh, with God’s magnificent power on display for all to see.  His judgment against the Egyptians would be complete with the killing of their firstborn, but the Israelites would be spared by placing the blood on their houses as God had instructed them to do.  This event was to be commemorated every year.  This deliverance was not to be forgotten.  And indeed, these events are mentioned throughout the Bible, and the Passover feast is kept to this day in remembrance of their redemption.

It is important for us to remember God’s working in our lives.  The Passover was particularly important as a display of God’s mercy toward His chosen people in separating them from Egypt and sparing their lives.  Equally important to us is our own salvation experience, where we remember how Jesus saved us from our sins and we accepted Him into our hearts.  Most people love to share their testimony, that special moment all Christians have when they accepted Christ as Savior.  Why not dwell on that moment sometimes in sweet remembrance?  We should praise God every day that we have a moment like that to look back on.

Certainly there are many other times in our lives where God has worked in a special way.  Certainly there were situations where we saw God work in unmistakable and powerful ways.  Let’s remember these things often.  Let’s not let them fade into the recesses of our minds and gather dust, but remain as fresh memories we call to mind in the midst of our day-to-day lives.  Let’s praise God for the many ways He works in our lives and anticipate more sweet memories to be made in serving Him and seeing Him work.

And we should tell others about our experiences.  Parents can tell their children often of the many ways God has worked in their lives.  They can talk about the wonderful salvation God is working out in them each day.  We can all tell friends and neighbors and even strangers about the many amazing things we’ve witnessed God do in our own lives.  We can explain that once we were sinners with no hope, but God saved us.  We can talk about times where we had a desperate need and God provided.  We can tell someone that once we were trapped, but God set us free.  As we go about our lives each day, let’s never forget all that God has done for us.