"Some Things To Remember"
Larry R. Ping II
This Memorial Day weekend serves as a time to “honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.” While it is good to remember and be thankful for those who made these ultimate sacrifices, it is also a good time to recall the Bible calls man to remember as well. Are you remembering these things of the Bible?
1) Remember My Faults. Gen. 41:9 records this statement of the chief butler who had forgotten Joseph’s request (Gen. 40:14; Gen. 40:23). We would do well to follow in the mold of the butler and remember “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
2) Remember All The Commandments Of The Lord, And Do Them. The wandering Israelites were admonished to do this in Num. 15:39. Today, we are subject to the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2), and to it we owe our obedience (Heb. 5:8-9). Study hard, long, and diligently (II Tim 2:15).
3) Remember His Marvellous Works That He Hath Done. These words were part of David’s song in I Chron. 16:12. Each day we should recollect God’s Majesty (Psa. 29:4), God’s Power (Psa. 21:13), God’s Amazing Creation (Psa. 92:5) and “every good gift and every perfect gift” flowing from above (Jam. 1:17). Truly, God and His works are magnificent!
4) Remember How Short My Time Is. These words of the Psalmist ought to ring true in every man’s mind. Life, at best is brief, and unpredictable. It is compared to a “vapor” (Jam. 4:15), to “grass” and a “flower” (I Pet. 1:24), and to a “shadow that declineth” (Psa. 102:11). As we know not the day or hour of our departure from this Earth, may we be moved to obey God today (II Cor. 6:2).
5) Remember Now Thy Creator In The Days Of Thy Youth. This was the plea of the preacher in Eccl. 12:1. The time to obey God is in the youth of life. As man ages, troubles and problems begin to mount with his eyes (Eccl. 12:2), his hands, back and teeth (Eccl. 12:3), his sleeping patterns (Eccl. 12:4), his new-found fears (Eccl. 12:5), and his desire to live (Eccl. 12:5). Many who have been baptized in their later years have commonly said “I should have done it when I was younger!”
6) Remember Lot's Wife. This declaration of the Lord stems back to the events of Gen. 19:1-26 during which Lot’s wife, in disobedience to God’s command, “looked back.” God means what He says, and says what He means. Write that down! How well are you remembering these? Do so, not only one day or weekend of the year, but each day. Your soul depends on it!