Updated: Jul 6
I seldom lose anything. I have always been a highly organized person utilizing a “place for everything and everything in its place” philosophy. Growing up I frequently stayed over with my cousins. They would often lose one sock or one shoe and that baffled me. But, I have noticed that as I am getting older I am now gradually losing things more frequently. As opposed to simply misplacing items, I think it is presently more an age related memory issue because my habits have not changed. Everything still goes in its place.
I know I am not alone in this. We walk into a room and forget what we are there for. We drop a thread of a conversation because suddenly we have forgotten what we were talking about or what point we were trying to make. Often a word or a name is simply gone. You try to push past that black wall in your mind but to no avail. These are not earth-shattering events but rather annoying issues.
My dear friend called me the other day to say she had lost her hearing aids. As many of you know they not only better facilitate communication in everyday living, they are also quite costly. After we retraced her movements to the last time she’d worn them we concluded they had to be somewhere in her flat. At least the field was narrowed down a bit. Then of course we asked God to clearly show her where they were-and he did. He cares about the details of our lives.
So when we ask God to remind us or remember us what exactly do we mean? I used to think this was odd when I read this in the Bible. God remembered the Israelites (Exodus 2:24) and David asked God how long he would forget him. (Psalm 13:1-2) If God knows and sees all surely he doesn’t need us to tug on his robe as if he’s forgotten that we need him.
As with other words or phrases in the Bible we need to go back to the original Hebrew used. In this case the word remember is a verb, “zakar”, as is the word to not forget, “lo shakach”. God knows that as we actively remember or remind him of our need, in this process we are actually reassured because we remember his past faithfulness and his promises to us. It’s really for us, not for him.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“The lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children.” Psalm 103:17
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV
As we look back to the fulfilment of his promises over and over in our lives we are reminded of his constant faithfulness. We remember Who is our Source, our Provider, our Comforter.
Also We remember the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8). We remember the Last Supper (1 Corinthians 11:24). These actions aren’t for him- they too are for us!
The Bible says he remembered Noah, Rachel, Sarah, Daniel, Elizabeth, Joseph, Job, the criminal crucified with Christ and others after they cried out to him… and he remembers you and me!
“God has remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.” Psalm 105:8
This is such a deep and profound gift of aging. We are privileged to recount time and time again when God rescued us. Remember, he knows your name! He invites our lamentations because in the midst of our peril as we cry out to him he has always reached down and held us high above the fray-such incredible grace! As we accumulate these lessons, these precious memories, over time we grow and he shines as he demonstrates his power and might so all can see! This amazing love he has for us manifests itself over and over again. Why would we not share these extraordinary gems with the next generation?
“But Lord, your endless love stretches from one eternity to the other, unbroken and unrelenting toward those who fear you and those who bow facedown in awe before you. Your faithfulness to keep every gracious promise you’ve made passes from parents, to children, to grandchildren, and beyond.” Psalm 103:17 TPT
We may forget more and more as time passes but he never does! God will remember you!