Our world is a busy place, and a noisy one too. We have stuffed life so full of competing priorities that it’s easy to let our relationship with God slip into second, third, or seventh place. The Bible has a remedy for this: remembering.
Forgetting Means Trouble
The idea of remembering what the Lord has done runs all throughout scripture. Even in a casual read of Deuteronomy you’ll continually see, “Hey, remember what the Lord has done” and it continues all the way to the end of scripture. When you read Revelation, you see God giving letters to the different churches and to the Church of Ephesus and he says, “Hey, you’re doing great, but I’ve got this problem. You’ve slipped away from your first love.” The remedy God gives for this loss is to remember, “Remember the heights from which you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first” (Revelation 2:5).
Recognize the Author and Tell the Stories
The point is that we need to be continually in the habit of remembering, and enumerating, or bringing to mind and replaying the different things that God has done in our lives. And it doesn’t have to be just our lives. There is power in hearing the stories of what God has done in the lives of others.
Even recalling the daily things like the flowers in your garden or the smell of fresh cut grass, things that remind you of God’s goodness, can be powerful. The little things that God puts in our lives—remember them and remember what God has done. Remember what God has done for others and what he has done throughout history. This is how we guard our hearts from gradually slipping away from our first love.