We are approaching a new year, in a matter of days. Most people look forward to a new year starting, because it means they can leave behind or forget the previous year. We have an opportunity to “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13 NLT). But it’s not always good to forget the past.
Psalms 78:4b telling to the generations to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
Instead of forgetting what’s behind us, lets take this time to reflect over 2015 and remind ourselves of the things God has done for us. Did God provide for you in a way only He could? Did He heal you of a physical illness or mental wound? Did you experience favor that only God could have shown you? Remember the mighty works of God!
Psalms 78:7-8 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors-stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.
The children of Israel ran into trouble, while in the wilderness, when they forgot to Remember the mighty works of God. Although they had witnessed God’s power, through the 10 plagues, and experienced His love from the parting of the Red Sea, they rebelled and disobeyed God, because they continued to forget.
Psalms 78:9-11 The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their back and fled on the day of battle.
10 They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his instructions.
11 They forgot what he had done-the great wonders he had shown them, 12 the miracles he did for their ancestors on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.
Remind yourself! Remember the great things God has done for you. Was there a time when you found yourself facing and ocean in front of you and enemies pursing from behind? There was no where to go to escape! You were convinced life was over. Suddenly! The ocean or wall in front of you departed and you were led to safety. God personally led you to His destination for you, 2016.
Was there a time when you were need of fresh water? No substitute could quench your thirst. You noticed a rock. Surely that rock can’t provide fresh water! The Lord told you to speak to it. Suddenly! Water flowed from the rock. Fresh water that refreshed you. Remember the mighty works of God!
Instead of forgetting your past, remember God’s mighty works. Let me suggest that you start 2016 with a Favor and Blessings Journal. You could even set a daily appointment on your mobile device and title it “Favor and Blessings”. Set an alert for the appointment, to go off in the evening, to remind you to note how God showed his favor and blessing for you that day.
We need to remember God’s mighty works in our lives and tell the next generation. So they will know God and trust God and obey God for themselves.