“Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee. The Son of man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:6-8
Remember, remember, how often we forget what God has told us. We forget his Word, we forget his promises, we forget answered prayers, and we forget his work in our lives. We can get caught up in the issues of the day and busy doing things for God that we can actually forget God in the process. We focus on the now and forget that we are apart of something much bigger and better than this world.
In the Message, we see God’s perspective which, after all, is the only true one: “The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence” (Ephesians 1:22-23).
What God is doing in the world is more important than what is happening in the world. There may be riots, floods, fires, earthquakes, economic downturns but as Christians, we can be secure in the knowledge that God is in charge. The morning headlines never take him by surprise.
However, if we are going to remain secure in an insecure world we have to be confident in our relationship with God, as well as the character of God. If we aren’t convinced that God is all-loving and all-powerful we will find ourselves anxious and fearful.
So we remember. We remember by calling to mind God’s deeds in our own lives. We remember the promises in his Word. We remember God’s character. We remind ourselves often.