A couple weeks ago, my wife and I attended a Steven Curtis Chapman concert at the Miller Theater.  Steven Curtis Chapman is a five-time Grammy winning Christian singer and songwriter. He has released over 20 albums since the late 80’s and has been a favorite of mine for years.  During his performance, he shared the story of his life in music through the many popular songs that he wrote. He talked about the power of remembering the promises of God during the difficult seasons of his life.  He reminded us how easy we often forget as human beings.

As we listened to his music, I was moved to tears on several occasions because they stirred within me the memories of God’s leading in our marriage and ministry.  I had forgotten how many of his special songs had inspired our commitment to love each other and to serve God with all of our lives. His music invited me to “remember” the goodness and greatness of a God who guided Cheryl and me through the early years of our family and calling. The impact of remembering these moments filled my heart with inexplicable joy. It was powerful!

I think that’s why we often find God commanding his people in the Scriptures to remember. It was a common theme as he led them out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.  In Deuteronomy 8:18, we see an example of this,

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

God was regularly calling His people to remember His love, kindness, and deliverance. They were people much like you and me who often forgot God’s presence and power in their lives in years gone by.

That night I was reminded of God’s presence in our past as a result of Steven Curtis Chapman’s music. What is it that might remind you of God’s activity in your past? Is it music, pictures, a visit with some old friends or maybe a dinner conversation with family members of past spiritual moments in your lives? Let me encourage you to take some time and let God stir the memories of His grace and goodness in your life. I promise you it will bless you when you choose to remember to remember.