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Remembering God’s Faithfulness

Recently I heard a song that took me back to my childhood and beyond—the Statler Brother’s, “Do You Remember These?” Maybe you remember the song, or some of the allusions in the song:

Saturday morning serials
Chapters one through fifteen
Fly paper, penny loafers, and lucky strike green
Flat tops, sock hops, Studebaker, “Pepsi, please”
Ah, do you remember these?

Cigar bands on your hands
Your daddy’s socks rolled down
Sticks, no plugs and aviator caps, with flaps that button down
Movie stars on Dixie cup tops and knickers to your knees
Ah, do you remember these?

The boogie man, lemonade stand and taking your tonsils out
Indian burn and wait your turn and four foul balls
You’re out…
Ah, do you remember these?

I remember the song when it came out and I remember more than one of the references in the song. And when I heard the song recently, I couldn’t help but smile at the memory of listening to it on the radio in the mid-70s and some of the visions the song evoked.

But memories aren’t just for our pleasure. They are for our benefit.

Memories benefit us when we give attention to lessons learned in the past; but even more, memories benefit us when we remember God and His actions in the past, and that memory fortifies us to trust Him in the present and future. John Piper noted the connection between the memories of past grace and the confidence in future grace when he wrote,

…when gratitude for God’s past grace is strong, the message is sent that God is supremely trustworthy in the future because of what he has done in the past. In this way faith is strengthened by a lively gratitude for God’s past trustworthiness.…Gratitude for bygone grace is constantly saying to faith, “Be strong, and do not doubt that God will be as gracious in the future as I know he’s been in the past.”1 [1]Future Grace, John Piper.

So we look to the past and we remember God’s provision, kindness, faithfulness, and steadfastness. Are there specific things we should remember? Yes, Scripture points to several themes and specific truths we should store in our memory banks:

There are other things also to remember. (You might work on your own list of what Scripture says to remember.) Let those memories bring you joy. Even more, let those memories stimulate you to trust God today and tomorrow as you need additional grace. He who provided for you in the past will provide for you in the future.

This blog was originally posted at Words of Grace, view the original post here [2].