Remembering God’s Faithfulness
Years ago I met a young man who developed amnesia after someone dowsed the inside of his new truck with gasoline and set it on fire. For reasons the doctors couldn’t explain, the trauma from this event caused him to forget many things—including his fiancé. He couldn’t remember the memories he had created with her. He forgot that he had once stared into her eyes, held her hand, and exchanged looks of affection. He didn’t remember he loved her.
A similar thing can happen when we experience life’s difficulties. We may develop “spiritual amnesia” and forget God’s truth, our history with Him, and His love for us. But remembering God’s faithfulness is a powerful antidote for spiritual amnesia when life is hard.
Counselors often tell couples with troubled marriages to reminisce about their early romance, because it stirs up the embers of love to help heal their relationships. This same exercise can renew our relationship with Christ.
For years I’ve wanted to collect a pile of small river rocks, wash them, and then write key words and a date on each one to remind me of an answered prayer or a “God moment.” Then, when I’m tempted to forget God’s faithfulness, I can pull out a rock to remind me of a special experience with my King—and I could fall in love with Him all over again.
Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to collecting the rocks, so I use my journal to help me remember His goodness. A few years ago, I wrote a note to God after recalling some of my story with Him:
Knowing you has been the most exhilarating, painful, beautiful, difficult, lovely, desperate, treacherous experience ever! We’ve lived a grand adventure, haven’t we, God? Sometimes I’ve felt that my heart would burst from pain, and other times I’ve felt it would overflow with so much song that I couldn’t stop singing. Life with you has all the elements of a great love story or an on- the-edge-of-your-seat movie. Life with you is an adventure worth remembering.
In Psalm 77:1-10, while experiencing heartache, Asaph momentarily forgets God’s faithfulness instead of remembering His goodness. With gut-wrenching honesty, he asks, “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” (Psalm 77:7-9).
Finally Asaph’s faith returns, and his heart softens when he writes, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds” (Psalm 77:11-12).
Even during desperate disappointment, Asaph chose faith over unbelief in God’s faithfulness. As a result, he experienced hope, peace, and acceptance instead of a hardened heart.
Are you going through a difficult time? Have life’s pressures caused you to forget God’s faithfulness? I encourage you to deliberately–just like Asaph–remember the works of the Lord, and specifically those that He has done in your life. It will help you endure difficulty and hold tight to your faith.