By shaunefc, Nov 19 2013 01:38PM
November is a month for remembering! As children we particularly think of the 5th and bonfire night with its gorgeous fireworks as we remember Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot!
However, as we get older there is the remembrance of those who were killed or maimed in many wars, including 2 world wars, on the 11th or the nearest Sunday to that day.
As you would expect the Bible has much to say about remembering and remembrance. The most important thing to remember is the duty of remembering God:
And (Nehemiah) looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to
the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and
And, what’s more, it is never too soon to begin to remember God:
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days
Because, sooner or later, we will find ourselves in times when trouble of various sorts will come upon us, and, while we should remember God at all times and the fact that He is always with us, it is even more necessary to remember God at such times:
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went
up to You, into Your holy temple.
And, it doesn’t matter what time of day, or night, we need to remember God because He is always there for us, as the psalmist, David, records:
I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
The Bible also reminds us not to forsake or forget or, even, reject God, because the consequences of doing so bring devastation upon us:
My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I
gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.
We are also reminded in the Bible that those who forget and reject God find that everything ends in tears:
A voice was heard on the desolate heights, weeping and supplications of the
children of Israel; for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten
the Lord their God.
Very sadly, the Bible also tells us about the ultimate fate of those who are guilty of forsaking, or forgetting, and rejecting God:
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Finally, it is the duty of Christian believers to act as “remembrancers” of God to their fellow human beings, as Paul reminded Timothy:
If you instruct the brethren in these things,
(i.e. the Word of God and prayer)
you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ.
(1 Timothy 4:6)