Have you ever been asked unexpectedly to give an example of a miracle or blessing you have received recently, and you suddenly go blank? Haq! You have been in my shoes. There is the human tendency to quickly forget or move on from miracles and God’s blessings, but take months to bask in the aftereffects of unfavourable circumstances?
Take, for example, a young man who has been praying for a better job, preparing and believing. By some miraculous means, he gets the job. He is grateful and elated. Give it two weeks or at most, a month on the job, he forgets the miracle and moves on to desiring something new. An Oliver Twist type situation.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with desiring good things. In fact, scriptures say, whatsoever we DESIRE while we pray, we should ask.
We must note, however, that the efficacy of our prayers is often dependent on our faith in the ability and willingness of God to make things happen, and one of the best ways to fuel our conviction concerning God’s ability is by calling to mind his track record in our lives. There is indeed a place of remembrance in our walk of faith.One of the best ways to fuel our conviction concerning God’s ability is by calling to mind his track record in our lives. There is indeed a place of remembrance in our walk of faith. Click To Tweet
As humans, we are susceptible to short memory – to quickly forget the good deeds of God in our lives. Forgetfulness is a major contributor to ingratitude. If you do not deliberately count your blessings often, thanksgiving will never make sense.As humans, we are susceptible to short memory. Forgetfulness is a major contributor to ingratitude. If you do not deliberately count your blessings often, thanksgiving will never make sense. Click To Tweet
When it comes to ingratitude, it is not much about how it affects God, rather how it affects us. Our father is an endless stream of goodness from whom we can always partake freely. He is not that dude who gives to get. Ingratitude however dulls the believer’s sense of Gods goodness and ability. It leads to a deep pit of frustration and dissatisfaction. For us to live worry-free and joyful, we must consistently recollect the doings of God in the past.When it comes to ingratitude, it is not much about how it affects God, rather how it affects us. Ingratitude dulls the believer’s sense of Gods goodness and ability. It leads to a deep pit of frustration and dissatisfaction. Click To Tweet
IF HE DID IT BEFORE, HE CAN DO IT AGAIN.
The above is one simple yet powerful truth concerning our God. To reckon his track record is to reinforce your faith in his ability. One bible hero that embodies gratitude and the conscious remembrance of God’s faithfulness is David. You will recall the response of the young shepherd to King Saul when the latter queried his ability to survive in a contest against a giant like Goliath. David replied “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the Lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this philistine… 1Samuel 17:33-37
See that? His faith was hinged on Gods track record of deliverance.
The psalms of David are littered with utterances of Gods faithfulness, and David’s stance of remembrance and gratitude.
Bless the Lord, o my soul, do not forget his benefits. Ps 103:2
What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits towards me? Ps 116:12
Psalms 77 is perhaps most instructive; it appears David was in a phase when he was deeply troubled. That “Lord you seem so far away” moment. In fact, David had confessed “Will the Lord cast me off forever? And will he be favourable no more? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his tender mercies?”
But then he spoke back to himself, “This is my infirmity, BUT I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember your wonders of old I will meditate also on all your work and speak of your DOINGS”
David chose to instruct his heart by calling to memory the past doings of God in his life.
We must all learn from this. To be intentional about keeping the goodness of God in memory.
We must think and meditate on them. We must give thanks for them repeatedly. Journaling these events really helps, the same as speaking often about them. Making a practice of this will strengthen our faith to receive in the present.
If we could only give half the energy we give to worry and our failings to basking in Gods track record, oh! How mighty shall our receiving be.