Take heed...lest thou forget...teach...thy sons. ...Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God (Deut. 4:9, 23, KJV).
Self-reliance and independence failed to save my life or my soul. Yet they characterize Americans overall. We teach our children self-esteem. In all this, do we forget God's reminders? In addition to Biblical reminders, God gives us all personal reminders as He did me.
Remember Sinai. The mountain burned with fire. Men, women and children trembled. The LORD spoke with Israel out of the fire, but they saw no likeness of God. He declared unto them His covenant and gave them the Ten Commandments.
Remember Daniel. In Babylon, a foreign country, he refused to compromise his convictions and eat the king's meat. This man catered to all of King Darius’ demands without complaint. His enemies found no fault in him, and resorted to an accusation concerning his God. Because he remained true to Him, the lions shut their mouths and did not harm him.
Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They said, “No, O king Nebuchadnezzar, we will not bow down to your gods. God can deliver us from the fiery furnace, but if not, we still will not worship your gods.” The Son of God stood with them in the fire and delivered them.
My Personal Reminders:
Remember God’s Supply. At Black Mesa Leon, my husband, and I had no money for rent in the trailer court there. It lay about eighty miles from Page, Arizona. Berean Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma took us on as their missionary for their Vacation Bible School. We received their offering of $80, just what we needed for rent. God supplied our needs in various ways the three months we stayed there.
Remember God’s Deliverance. In the Blackfoot Area of Montana, two eighteen-wheelers came toward me on a two-lane highway. God surely sent His holy angels to help me to steer off the road as these big trucks sped past me.
I remember the horse at Uncle Kenneth's ranch. The saddle slipped and my heart beat faster from the side of the horse. One leg slid underneath this animal, and one on top in this “side saddle.” I stayed helpless in this position, unable to get off or on the horse. God and His angels surely kept this animal from throwing me off and trampling me under foot. My uncle saw me, came to my rescue, lifted me off the horse, and tightened the cinch. I got right back on that horse and rode some more. God helped me conquer my fear.
A deep pond beckoned to me. It was located on my parents’ farm in Montrose, Colorado. My cousin, sister and I waded in shallow waters near the Spring Creek. How deep is this one? I wondered as a young girl. Taking a long stick, I ventured to find out when I fell into the water. It threatened to cover my head and I had not learned to swim. God gave me the wisdom not to panic, but to paddle my arms. When my sister and cousin rushed around to rescue me, I had climbed onto the land.
God has delivered me in other ways, too. Let us remember how God has cared for us in the past. He says, "Look unto Jesus and trust Him.” Without Him, we are worthless, hopeless sinners. However, our soul is worth more than the whole world. God says, "We are of more value than many sparrows." He numbers the hairs of our heads.
He will provide when funds are low. He will deliver when danger threatens us. Whatever our need, remember God cares.
Prayer: Teach me what Thou wilt have me learn from life’s experiences. May I take heed and avoid the same pitfalls. In Jesus’ name. Amen.