Throughout Scripture, God’s people are told to remember. This may seem odd if you look closely at when God says it. For instance, all throughout the book of Deuteronomy—Moses’ farewell sermon to Israel—God tells his people to remember what just happened. If you had been in slavery for 400 years, were miraculously rescued by walking through the dry floor of an ocean, and had seen bread fall out of heaven and water flowing out of rocks, do you think you’d forget it?
Apparently, yes. Israel’s times of spiritual wandering were always marked by spiritual amnesia. Not that they literally couldn’t recall what God had done, but that his mighty works weren’t prominent in their minds. The same is true of us.
Here are three truths that Christians must always fight to remember.
1. Remember the slavery of sin.
In Deuteronomy 6:12, Moses says, “Take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Some of us need to stop and think about the house of sin that we used to call home—a house that most of us were perfectly comfortable in. Do you remember where you were without God? Do you remember what your life was like? Wasn’t it bondage, stress, striving, and emptiness? There was no healing there, no rest, no enduring satisfaction. Do you really want to go back there?