Remember God’s Faithfulness
Have you ever felt this way?
Have you ever found yourself fearful and doubting even though God came through for you miraculously just last week? We all do this. It’s frustrating, but it’s true.
The good news is we’re not the only ones. The Old Testament is packed with stories of God doing miraculous things for His people and then them forgetting about it, reverting to their own broken, self-reliant ways. They did it, too.
Judges 6 and 7 offers insight:
The first ten verses of Judges 6 are incredibly depressing. The people of God have been delivered out of Egyptian bondage. God led them successfully through the desert and into the promised land. God gave them victory after victory, pushing back the enemy every time they walked in obedience to Him. But now the people of God had forgotten all that God had done and refused to listen to His leading. So God let His people be oppressed by the nation of Midian who were incredibly abusive.
The Bible says that every year Israel would plant their crops and work in their fields, but when it was time to harvest, the Midianites would come in like locusts and destroy everything. They’d ruin their crops, kill their flocks, and the people of Israel couldn’t do a thing about it.
It’s the saddest story because the people of God were starving, weak, hiding, and intimidated by an enemy, refusing to listen to the God who could deliver them from it all.
Israel’s God is the one true God who is able to free them and provide for them. He won victories for them, provided for them miraculously more times than they could count. But they forgot about all that, and this is where they ended up.
When we forget what God is capable of, we forget to trust Him, and when we forget to trust Him, we begin relying on ourselves instead. Relying on ourselves never gets us to where we want to go.
I have an idea though, a way to stop this cycle of faithfulness and forgetfulness. Actually, it’s not my idea at all. God’s people have been doing this for thousands of years.
Remind yourselves of God’s faithfulness
Many times in the Old Testament, you’ll find God’s people stopping in a place where God did something miraculous and building an altar. They create a physical, visible reminder of what God did in that place, and to me that’s the best way to remember.
When we take the time to mark God’s faithfulness, to build reminders, to go back and repeat the stories to ourselves of what He’s done, it helps us trust Him the next time.
Reminders, altars of His faithfulness are the key to closing the gap between faithfulness and trust, skipping over forgetfulness altogether.
My Word of Hope for you, my friend.
Reflect on this message:
1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?
2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.
3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?