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My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God ~Psalm 42:2
I’ve become a big fan of reminders, whether it’s a written note or an electronic device beeping. The object is to eliminate that awful feeling of forgetting something, especially if it’s important and others are depending on me.
I’ve become a firm believer in living a life of balance, not too much one way or the other. In the past my inability to keep myself from extremes was causing me to fluctuate too much. It is a common character flaw associated with addiction, so it’s important for me to weigh things out and keep a proper perspective.
I could easily take a scripture like the second part of Philippians 3:13 “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead”, and intentionally ignore everything I’ve experienced in my past. The things Paul is talking about are the works of the flesh. However, it’s important to me to reminisce about what God has done for me and be reminded of His faithfulness.
So here, my reminder is to revive me again, to bring me back to life when it seems like my soul is parched and I’m disquieted. Psalm 42 starts off with, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God”. As physical thirst causes me to recount the nearest water fountain, my spiritual thirst has to lead me to the place that will satisfy my soul.
I find that as believers in Christ part of our commission is to minister to one another by reminding each other of who God is. That type of encouragement is essential to the wellbeing of our soul. I cherish our Monday night Men’s Bible study and am always refreshed by the fellowship that brings me back to reality. In verse 4 we read,
“When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.”
No, I don’t live in the past but a good reminder of what I learned and experienced is helpful to face an uncertain future called today. A comforting reminder was once told to me “I don’t know what tomorrow brings, but I do know my future is in His hands”.
Jesus finishes up His instruction in Matthew 6 with “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”.
Also, prayer, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7.
So, “Remind Me Again”.
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Bible Reading: Job 35-36| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here
Daily Quote: To love someone means to see him as God intended him ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 2 Corinthians 7:9