First Presbyterian Day School

He Remembers

by Meredith Johnson

Here it is January again – the time of year when we are supposed to reflect on the year past and make promises for the year to come. We all look back, and some events and days we want to hold on to and never let go; but so many of the others, we want to forget entirely. We see so many blessings, but we also struggle with why God allowed terrible things to happen to ourselves and our loved ones.

The authors of the Bible use the phrase “He remembered” many times throughout Scripture. What an encouraging thought to think of an Almighty, All-Powerful Father remembering little, tiny us! In Genesis, the Lord remembers Rachel with a son, and the same blessing takes place in 1 Samuel for Hannah. In both places, the writer uses the words, “the Lord remembered.”

We all know how precious a rainbow is, but how amazing that God says in Genesis, “When I bring a cloud over the earth, the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of the flesh; and the waters will no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” The Lord is remembering His promises to us, not just the other way around!

In Psalm 105, David writes of the people of Abraham, “He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and He brought quails and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For He remembered His Holy promise, and Abraham His servant.”

I am not a “journaler,” but I wish I was. People who record prayers and prayer requests in journals have the ability to look back at notes and see in black and white how God chose to answer them – how he remembered them. When we look back on the year past, we may see many answered prayers and blessings – concrete examples of how God remembered us. But, we may also open a new calendar and still be in the middle of yucky things…trials that have carried over into the new year. It’s in these times that it’s easy to forget that God is good, that He will never leave us or forsake us. We must remember that God is faithful, and He will remember us – in His timing and in His way, not ours. I Kings 8: 56 says, “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. Not one word has failed of His good promise, which He spoke by Moses His servant.” May you find rest and encouragement in God’s faithfulness this new year.

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