SCRIPTURE: LUKE 23:42
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Sometimes we as Christians need to stop along life's road and look back. Although it might have been winding and steep, we can see how God directed us by His faithfulness. Here's how F.E. Marsh described what the Christian can see when he looks back:
The deliverances the Lord has wrought (Deut. 5:15).
The way He has led (Deut. 8:2)
The blessings He has bestowed (Deut. 32:7-12).
The victories He has won (Deut. ll:2-7).
The encouragements He has given (Josh. 23:14).
When we face difficulties, we sometimes forget God's past faithfulness. We see only the detours and the dangerous path. But look back and you will also see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your traveling Companion who has promised never to leave you nor forsake you.
Remembering is a gift, but being remembered is a blessing … divine in nature and powerful at the very core of our being.
To be truthful, I have a difficult time remembering people’s names. I work at it, follow all the “mental” tricks-of-the-trade for remembering a persons name, but alas this special gift has been lost on me. Now my spouse is another story. She remembers people because she is truly a people person.
Over the years I’ve known preachers who could remember a persons name, who they are married to, the names of their children and their dog … even if they had met that person only once and that was over 30-years ago. These few pastors are truly the exception not the rule. They truly had a special gift … and in the long run proved to a blessing to a great number of churches.
While on our Lenten journey it is good to be reminded that regardless of who we are or what we have done God remembers us … by name … no matter how long it has been since last we spoke with or to him. God remembers and holds out the promise of his kingdom. Therein lies the assurance of our relationship with him … he remembers us at all times and in all circumstances … regardless.
Thank you God for remembering us even when we deny any relationship with you. Thank you for making a promise of your kingdom even to the likes of us. Thank you!