Remembering is important to us. Why else would every media outlet, near the end of December produce a retrospective: a look back on the year’s greatest achievements, the greatest news stories, the most important people of the year, an in memoriam of those persons of note who had died that year.
Why else would one of our greatest fears be the loss of our memory?
And why else would God command us over 150 times throughout the Bible to “remember.” To remember his laws and statutes and to remember his love and faithfulness. Old Testament patriarchs were told to both create memorials of stones and tell their children what God had done so that they would not forget.
Yes, we should not dwell on past mistakes or regrets we can do nothing about, but I urge us at the end of this year, either before or after we have made plans and resolutions for the upcoming year, to take time to remember.
Remembers His commands:
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deut. 6:6-9)
Remember His great love:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Remember His Faithfulness:
Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. (I Thessalonians 5:24)
So at the end of the year when we talk to others about their hopes for the new year, let us also ask them what God has done for them in the past year. Let us help each other remember, and then let us record them, not only on our hearts but also on something we can see and, once again, remember that “the Lord is good.”