Sunday Summary, 9/3/14
I was privileged to share the speaking with my wife, Mel yesterday, and I for one was blessed by her message about remembering God. She said that remembering God was one of the keys to entering in (her title) to all that God has for us as His people.
She spoke from Deuteronomy 8:1-10 which says:
“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. 6 So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
Her three points were:
- Remember who leads (Dt 8:2)
- Remember who provides (Dt 8:3-4)
- Remember who fulfils (Dt 8:7-10)
Basically, the idea was that as Christians, sometimes you have to look back to what God has done, where He has brought us from and what He has promised He will do in order for us to go forwards in to all that He wants for us.
Remembering who leads is key because it helps us to know we’re not in charge of our own life, but that God is, and that even in the midst of our wise planning, if we don’t remember whose plan we’re meant to be following in the first place, we plan in vain.
Remembering who provides is so important for the Christian because it leads to a reliance on God and not our own strength and ability that ultimately brings great peace and freedom. Sometimes God even allows us to enter into desert places, where we cannot provide for ourselves in order to teach us reliance on Him.
Remembering who fulfils is an incredible part of this truth that helps remind us that God is always faithful to His Word and what He promises, He will fulfil. There are over 8,000 promises in the Bible for us to hang on to!
In application, we heard four ideas:
- To practice His presence, realising that you become like who you spend time with, so we should live life with the aim of having a constant awareness of the presence of God in our lives.
- To practice the sabbath, realising that providing and leading are God’s jobs before they are yours, and so resting means putting trust back in God’s hands, so that as you rest, you can trust in His work for you.
- To practice counting, realising that your blessings are numerous! Counting your blessings is a great way to recognise and realise just how good God has been to you.
- To remember where you were, realising that God has brought you far, and He will continue to walk with you through this life.
I thought it was a great and timely reminder to remember God in everything we do, understanding that He is always with us, working in us and through us for our good and His glory.