Some Things to Remember


Deuteronomy 24:9 “Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.”

One of the great mistakes many believers make is our lack of remembering. We can get so busy in our daily lives that we don't take time to remember the important things. When I say to remember the important things, I believe some would say the important things are family, your salvation, or those who have invested in you. All of these are important, but there are other areas of importance that the Scriptures command us to remember.

When God says “remember,” He does not suggest that you stop and recall something, but He commands you to remember. Not only is God commanding you to remember, but He is also wanting you to remember for the sake of keeping an awareness of something and its results. There are three things I would like to point out to you that God commands the believer to remember.

First, remember Lot’s wife. Jesus commands in Luke 17:32, “Remember Lot's wife.” Why are we to remember his wife? The reason God wants us to remember his wife is so that we don't look back after God commands us to go forward. In other words, never reconsider in doubt the decisions you made by faith. It is easy to look back at the beginning stages of faith and think you made the wrong decision, but never let the hardness of faith’s decision cause you to retreat back to living out of God’s will. You cannot retreat and live in God’s will; God’s will is a forward motion of faith. Remembering Lot’s wife will help you remember that you lose your testimony when you retreat from faith’s decisions.

Second, remember Miriam by the way. Why would God want the believer to remember Miriam? The reason He wants us to remember her is because we often become critical of those who God has leading us, and God hates it when believers criticize His leaders. Remember Miriam the next time you want to criticize the man of God. Remember Miriam the next time you send out a post trying to destroy the man of God. Remember Miriam the next time you want to say your pastor is a dictator. Remember Miriam the next time you feel it is your obligation to tear down a man of God that you feel is not dealing with sin in the manner that you feel he should deal with it. God still punishes those dearly who criticize the man of God. When Moses did wrong, God dealt with him as He always deals with men of God who do wrong. It is never your position to deal with men of God who do wrong. Certainly, if they break the law, you report it to the police, but you better remember Miriam before you try to take the punishment of God’s man into your own hands.

Third, remember your bondage in Egypt. Verses 18 and 22 say, “…thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt…” Never forget that the world always puts those who live in it into bondage. We are so quick to forget the world’s bondage when we are going through tough times to our own detriment. My friend, the world’s bondage never stops being cruel to those who choose to go back to live in the world. You may think your worldliness is fun, but its fun is only for a season, and the cruel bondage of the world will take all joy away from your life. When you want to leave a church that stands and practices the old paths for a church that embraces the bondage of Egypt, remember Egypt’s cruel bondage. Remember Egypt, because nobody has ever gone back to its bondage without heartache.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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