Remember or Rebel
They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, But rebelled by the sea - the Red Sea. - Psalm 106:7 (NKJV)
It’s Thanksgiving week again! For many of us it means eating our favorite comfort foods, a weekend in sweatpants, and countless moments of awkwardness as we gather with family we love and those we "love with the love of the Lord”. Most importantly, this is a time to remember, reflect, and declare what God has done. But we can’t be truly thankful for what He’s done if we don’t remember what He’s done.
We all fall prey to forgetfulness. It’s human nature. Psalm 105:5 (NLT) tells us to, “Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given.”
Even David had to remind himself of God’s goodness. He writes:
"Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!"
Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT)
God’s own people, the children of Israel, often did a two-step shuffle with God. With one step they would remember, and the next step they rebelled. God would show up mightily and do a miracle and they'd rejoice. Then, there would be times when they encountered a place where they needed a miracle and they would regret where God led them. Psalm 106:7 (NKJV) says, “They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, But rebelled by the sea - the Red Sea.” God had just delivered them from slavery and brought them into wealth through signs and wonders. But they quickly forgot this when they were faced with the Red Sea and Pharaoh's army pursuing them. They began to complain and say it would have been better if they died in Egypt. They rebelled. They didn’t want to go any further with Him.
If we’re honest, we’re a lot like the children of Israel. Life is tough sometimes. Negative circumstances can blur our view and bruised hearts often distort our memory. But let's remember today and always that God is faithful. Let’s remember that He hasn’t forgotten us. Let’s remember that He’s saved us from sin and death. Let’s remember that He’s come through time and time again. Let’s remember that everything good in our lives comes from Him. And when there’s a Red Sea in front of us, an army chasing us, and we feel trapped, let’s remember He’s the one that led us there. This holiday season, let’s choose to keep going with Him even when it seem like we’re going nowhere. By faith and His outstretched arms, the waters will part.
I hope our turkey is moist, our Mac and Cheese is crispy around the edges, and the gravy flows like the land of milk and honey, but above all I pray we remember all that God has done. For He is good and His unfailing love continues forever.