It has been almost a year now since the Lord gave us clear directions to come to Nepal. In a year’s time, He has raised up support, helped us set up a non-profit organization, and established us here in this new land. It has been a fast and furious ride, yet amazing to be apart of.
Yet, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of ministry here, it is easy to forget. Easy to be so busy “doing”, that I fail to “remember.”
As I was reading Deuteronomy this morning, the Lord spoke clearly to my heart.
See, before Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land, Moses had some specific instructions for them. Yet, one repeated theme was this, “When the Lord brings you into the promised land, remember…., remember and teach these things to your children. Remember!”
The older I get, the more forgetful I have become. It seems I must have a list to remember anything. If I don’t write it down, you might as well as forget having it accomplished.
The same I suppose is true of all of us… this tendency to forget.
When trials and problems rise, do we remember that we serve the same God who has brought us through the stormy water before? Do we remember that He is always faithful to care for us, or do we fret and worry thinking that maybe this time, our problem is too big for God?
When we get busy doing things for God, do we remember “who” we are serving?
Do we remember the Lord’s past faithfulness to us, and do we teach it to our children? Do they know the stories of how God has worked amazingly in our lives?
The Israelites were to teach these things to their children, to write them on the walls, to hang them about their necks… they were to teach them at all times of all days, no matter what.
I’m convinced that God knows our wayward hearts, He knows our forgetfulness, thus we are instructed to remember.
To be honest, since the Lord has established us here. We have been busy doing the ministry He appointed us to. And if I’m not careful, it is easy to forget all He has done to get us here.
My days are packed full of service,but if I don’t prioritize, I fail to spend time with the One whom I came to serve. If I don’t make time, I fail to teach these things to my children , reminding them of our great, big God.
I could be wrong, but I believe that a lot of ministers and servants of the Lord grow weary in their call because they fail to remember the One they serve. They fail to remember why they serve. They fail to teach these things to their children, and fail to remember these things themselves.
It is a privilege indeed to be called and used of the Lord. A privilege I don’t take lightly. Yet, I must, we all must never forget who we serve, and why we do what we do.
We must never forget that it truly is all about Jesus!
Then when problems come (and they will), we will be quick to remember the Lord’s faithfulness.
Then when life get’s busy (and it will), we will make sure we have spent time with the One we serve.
And as we watch our children grow, we will be faithful to remind them of the Lord and His faithfulness, so that as they grow older, they too will remember all that the Lord has done.
How about you? Do you have a tendency to forget the faithfulness of our Lord? Or have you disciplined yourself to be faithful to remember all He has done.
I will be the first to say this doesn’t just happen. We must work at it. Daily, we must pray and thank God for all He has done. Daily, we must set aside time to teach these things to our children. Daily, when problems arise, we must remind ourselves who we serve.
But, as we do, the Lord whom we seek to remember, will indeed be found!