Remember by Orlando Cabrera
I returned from my Sabbatical last week. It was a wonderful extended time away with my family. I couldn’t be more grateful to the Directing Elders of Summit for allowing me the opportunity to have some time away.
Heading into this time, I had desired to just enjoy time with my family and hope to hear or learn something radically fresh and new from God. Well the time with my wife and kids was nothing short of amazing! But I would be lying if I didn’t say there were moments of restlessness because, well, I hadn’t heard this amazing, revolutionary word from God. Yes, I read my Bible, prayed, journaled and even had the opportunity to visit five different churches in three different states. All the churches we went to and services we worshiped in were all wonderful, but still I wouldn’t say I got this mountain top, burning bush revelation. I left each service encouraged and grateful for God’s grace.
And then, on the last Sunday of our vacation my kids and I were walking out of a great church in South Carolina before heading back to Florida, and I turned to my son and said, “Hey Max, wasn’t that an awesome service?” He says excitedly, “Oh yeah!” Then I asked him, “Did you learn anything new?” He says, “Nope, but it’s really good to be reminded of what I already know. I really like that too Dad!”
And there it was, like a light bulb finally being turned on after stumbling about in a dark room trying to find a switch; it finally hit me. I was not granted “new” information or some mountain type revelation per se, but boy was God so gracious to remind me of some things I had already known and either forgotten or allowed to grow stale in my heart.
See, my son was right, being reminded as a child of God of what we already know is a good thing and I would press even further and say it’s essential to our continual spiritual growth. Now we certainly don’t want to stop learning, but just think about how God’s Word calls us to remember…Moses in Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 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.”
Solomon towards the end of his life gives a similar encouragement in Ecclesiastes chapter 12 verse 1
“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”
There are many more references in the Bible where we as God’s children are called to remember.
So here’s an encouragement and challenge- let’s keep reflecting on what we have learned and in our reflecting on what we have learned, may our awe and worship of God grow. May our reflection bring us to a renewed and right view of our great God who is worthy of our lives and worship.
I have some more to share, and possibly will over the next couple of days with a follow-up post. But for now let me ask you the following:
1. What are you in jeopardy of forgetting about God today?
2. What is it that you need to recount to yourself about God’s steadfast love, about His grace and mercy that has been shown to you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
I pray you will take a moment to reflect on some this and in doing so, thank God for who He is and what He has already done for you. We should keep desiring new moments of fresh word, but let’s not forsake what we know…
”Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,” Isaiah 46:9