Remember Not To Forget
Remembering is a vital part of our walk of faith and it is an essential characteristic of a healthy mature adult. Children, when they are young, must be taught and instructed in the things of the Lord, how to live in righteousness, how to speak and act and even think in order to achieve the highest of promised blessings and success in this life and obtain eternal life in the world to come.
To learn, they must be taught by those who have walked through life’s challenges, opportunities, successes and failures before them. Each generation, from the beginning, was intended by God to learn and grow from the knowledge of those who have gone before.
We can see direct lines of one generation building upon the knowledge of another, especially in the sciences, in medicine, in technology and engineering. From the first attempts by man to fly to the designs of a flying machine by Leonardo Da Vinci to the first successful flights of the Wright brothers to today’s commercial jets and interstellar exploratory spacecraft one generation has built progressively on the knowledge of its predecessors.
God, through Joshua charged the people to earnestly, diligently study the Word and teach it to their children, to pass along the knowledge of the covenants of God from one generation to another.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
The intent was that every generation would grow more skillful in the knowledge of the Lord and therefore more successful in all areas of life.
Jesus admonished the disciples to remember His words, the things He taught and revealed to them, so that they would not be caught off guard when difficult times would come or when they would be rejected for their faith in Him.
“Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20
We are also called to remember those who are suffering persecution and imprisonment for their faith as though we ourselves shared in their chains because we are all one body.
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
We are indeed blessed to be remembered, and it is a blessing to others when we remember them. Remember the goodness of the Lord today and do not forget all His benefits.