Day 7 - Remember
If you think God has forgotten you, then you have forgotten who God is.
When I’m in the valley, sometimes I simply need to remember. I return to who I know God is.
Habakkuk’s third chapter starts like a worship song that acknowledges how hard life is and yet remembers all God has done. It’s another step, a really big one, in the journey out of the valley.
Habakkuk prays, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2 NIV).
I remember when I was in college and more lost than you could ever imagine, and I called out on the name of Jesus, asking him—no, almost daring him, “If you’re real, and if you are there, do something.” I fell down on my knees as one person, and then when I stood up, I was a completely different person.
And then I remember how God brought Amy into my life. I cherish her and the gift she was and continues to be from God.
And then I remember when our daughter Catie was born, and how, when she was about three years old, Catie got into some poison ivy and ended up covered in a rash from head to toe. Before bed that night, she told me, “Daddy, Jesus is going to heal me because I prayed.” I remember thinking, “Wow, that’s really sweet. But I don’t know what we’re going to do if she still has this rash tomorrow.” I remember that the next morning, Catie came running into our room, buck naked and giddy with joy, shouting, “Look! Look! He healed me!”
And that rash was completely gone.
I remember when Amy and I were young, just starting out in ministry, and we didn’t have any money. We prayed together, “God, we don’t know where food’s coming from tomorrow.” The next day, we received a refund check in the mail.
What do you do when you’re in the valley? You remember what God has done.
And you dare to believe that what he’s done before, he will do again.
Pray: God, I remember when ...
Habakkuk 3:1-4 NLT
1 This prayer was sung by the prophet Habakkuk:
2 I have heard all about you, Lord.
I am filled with awe by your amazing works.
In this time of our deep need,
help us again as you did in years gone by.
And in your anger,
remember your mercy.
3 I see God moving across the deserts from Edom,
the Holy One coming from Mount Paran.
His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,
and the earth is filled with his praise.
4 His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.
Rays of light flash from his hands,
where his awesome power is hidden.
Psalms 77:1-20 NLT
1 I cry out to God; yes, I shout.
Oh, that God would listen to me!
2 When I was in deep trouble,
I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
but my soul was not comforted.
3 I think of God, and I moan,
overwhelmed with longing for his help.
4 You don’t let me sleep.
I am too distressed even to pray!
5 I think of the good old days,
long since ended,
6 when my nights were filled with joyful songs.
I search my soul and ponder the difference now.
7 Has the Lord rejected me forever?
Will he never again be kind to me?
8 Is his unfailing love gone forever?
Have his promises permanently failed?
9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he slammed the door on his compassion?
10 And I said, “This is my fate;
the Most High has turned his hand against me.”
11 But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
12 They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
13 O God, your ways are holy.
Is there any god as mighty as you?
14 You are the God of great wonders!
You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.
15 By your strong arm, you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
16 When the Red Sea saw you, O God,
its waters looked and trembled!
The sea quaked to its very depths.
17 The clouds poured down rain;
the thunder rumbled in the sky.
Your arrows of lightning flashed.
18 Your thunder roared from the whirlwind;
the lightning lit up the world!
The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your road led through the sea,
your pathway through the mighty waters—
a pathway no one knew was there!
20 You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep,
with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.
This reading plan can be found at https://my.bible.com/en-GB/reading-plans/12289