Memory can be a good thing or a bad thing. Memories can hold you hostage or bring happiness. Memories can also bring stress or peace. It depends on what the memory is of! I’m sure we all have things that we regret, memories we wish we had never made, but often these memories are things that have made us who we are today (for better or worse). Remembering is a powerful, and necessary, habit to develop.
God brings the power of remembering to light in our “365 Days Free From Fear” passage today:
But the Lord told me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have given you victory over Og and his entire army, and I will give you all his land. Treat him just as you treated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon.’ (Deuteronomy 3:2, NLT)
The message of this passage is in part to remind us to remember. Moses and the Israelites had just done battle, and now someone else, King Og, was coming out to attack them. As Og comes to attack, God reminds Moses & the Israelites not to be afraid of him, because God has already won the battle. God went before them and defeated the army, just like he had the King of Sihon. God seems to basically be saying, “Moses, remember where you have been and remember what I have done. You can trust Me.” Moses could confidently say, keep calm, Israelites, God’s got this.
I think He says the same thing to you and to me. Maybe remembering is painful, maybe it is hard, maybe it is full of shame and guilt and stress. But that’s when we remember our history. When we remember His story, who He is, what God has done, how faithful He is even when we are faithless, how holy, good, just, loving, kind, gentle, and caring He is…we don’t have to be afraid!
Really, when fear starts to come up in our minds, hearts, or lives, the fear should push us to our faith because our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is the only promise that never fails and the only constant that never changes. We can trust God because He never changes, never leaves us, and never forsakes us when we are accepted into His family through faith in Jesus Christ.