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January 22, 2007, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Do you remember?

Rev. Allen R. Jones, New Life Assembly of God, Cokato

Many times during our lives on Earth, events occur that remain in our memory for the duration of our life. These are things that, depending on the reason, have a tremendous impact on our future.

Many people remember things like their wedding day, the birth of their children, or maybe even a tragedy. For whatever reason, our minds choose to plant these memories where we can recall them at any time.

We often use these events to identify with other people who are living out something similar, or to reminisce the same kind of event with friends.

Our Heavenly Father intended for our memory to be used as a tool to remember the good things that He has done for us, as well.

We read that during the time of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and subsequent wandering, many miracles had been brought by God to show the people His power. They were witnesses to the awe-inspiring power of the Living God, and His provision for them.

Yet, after all they had seen and experienced, their minds still could not remember the wonderful things they had been provided. How could they be so hardened?

We too, have an opportunity to remember the good things that the Lord God has done for us. Not one of us is self-sufficient. We need God’s influence for our very existence.

Jesus rebuked His own disciples about this by saying to them in Mark 8:17-18: “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?”

They were witness to the same power of God as their ancestors, and yet, they allowed the circumstances they were in to cloud their minds.

In our lifetime, it becomes easy for all of the things around us to cover over the experiences of God in our lives. We do not live in the peace that God intends for all of us in its fullness.

Today, ask the Lord to bring to your remembrance the many blessings He has given you. It’s then that you can identify with the same blessing that Jesus gave to the man delivered in the Gadarenes, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.’’

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