Part 1 – The Beginning
Part 2 – Write in Your Own Style
Part 3 – Remember
There are days when I wonder if He’ll be faithful. Well, to be completely honest, I’m wondering if He’ll be “faithful” by doing what I want Him to do. Here I’ve known God through thick and thin and as long as I can remember and yet I still have days where the Flesh is strong and doubt runs high. Can I be the only one? Do you have moments where your future looks bleak and you wonder, honestly, if this is the end of the goodness, the end of milk and honey? What must we do when the future is cloudy? Look to our past and see that The Lord has been good.
Why? Because we humans need constant reminders. Our natural tendency is not to be loyal till death nor faithful to the faithless, so I think we might be challenged to rest assuredly in the hands of the more-than-capable author of loyalty and faithfulness Himself.
All throughout the Bible, from Noah forward, you can see where an alter was made, stones were stacked, etc. for all to see and remember the Great God.
How many times God told the Israelites to remember when He had brought them out of Egypt. One verse is Exodus 13:3, which states, “Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out from this place…” And The Lord gave them the Feast of Unleavened Bread as a reminder. (Two other verses that call the Israelites to remember are Deuteronomy 5:15, 7:18)
The Israelites were called to keep certain souvenirs in the Ark of the Covenant as reminders of God’s provision through their wandering in the desert. The priests were put a tassel of blue cord on each corner of their robe – “And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.” (Numbers 15:39)
Your written testimony of what God has done in your life can be a great physical reminder for you and a witness to others.
Now a “testimony” is not only “this is how I became a Christian”. Testimony is defined as “a formal written or spoken statement, esp. one given in a court of law” or “evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something”. Other words can be “proof” or “witness”. Your testimony is anything that proves His Character. Your testimony is when God provided that much needed money when times were tough. Your testimony is when you were at a loss of what to do and God guided you through the unknown. Valleys that were passed through. Habitual patterns of destruction that were wiped clean.
If you write them down, yes, I’m honestly asking you to share them with us, but even if you don’t desire to “go public” tuck them away in your Bible or your diary. Save them for your children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren that they might know your faith and God’s faithfulness to all generations. Find them by accident on days when you are wandering in doubt and fear. Make your testimony anything that lifts up your head from despair to His face.
Never forget. Never forsake your testimony.
I will remember the deeds of The Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.