Job 29:4 A Longing Desire

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Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4

It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.

Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.

One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.

Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.

Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.

Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.

Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.

Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?

I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life. 

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Esther 9:28 Remember What God Did

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These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews–nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants. Esther 9:28 

People celebrate many different things each year. They celebrate to remember something good that has occurred or is occurring. The level of celebration and why they celebrate can be different from person to person. Each person has his own reasons to celebrate and can celebrate in his own way.

Without doing the continual celebration, it is easy for people to forget about something that has happened. They begin to move on past the good things that happened and only focus on the present.

The Israelites had been threatened extinction while they were under Persian control. Through being deceived the king of Persia had allowed an order to be given to destroy the Israelites. Once he found out that he had been deceived, he gave another order to protect the Israelites. The people had been able to protect themselves and thrived.

With this great victory, they began a celebration called ‘Purim’ to remember and celebrate what God had done for them. They were to never forget what had happened.

Going through life, there is often a lot of bad things that occur. If a person is not careful, those are the only things he remembers and gets discouraged. He forgets to see God’s hand in his life.

Although full celebrations do not need to occur, every believer must take time to remember and celebrate what God has done in his life. This keeps the focus on God and helps him to see how faithful God was and how faithful He will continue to be.

Take a moment and think back on what God has brought you through. What victories have you seen in your life?

Now take a moment to celebrate that victory or provision. This is giving God the glory for what He has done. It also is a great reminder to you that God will continue to be faithful in taking care of you.

Do not allow yourself to forget what God has done in your life. When you begin to forget, the trials of this life will begin to overwhelm you and crush you. When you celebrate what God has done, you will know that God will bring you through the next trial in life.

I pray today that you will remember all that God has done for you; that you will celebrate what God has done; that you will know God’s faithfulness in your life; and that you will trust God in every situation. 

Leviticus 23:34-35 Celebrate What God Has Done

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The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35

Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.

As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.

Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.

Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.

Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.

Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.

Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.

Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.

Exodus 28:29 Remembering Before God

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“Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continual memorial before the LORD.” Exodus 28:29

One of the ways that people like to remember other people is wearing a necklace that brings a memory of a person. There are many younger girls that wear a necklace with the BFF, Best Friends Forever, stamped up it. They want to remember their best friend at all times.

Another way that many people remember someone is with a small picture inside a pendant hung around the neck. These can be pictures of someone still alive or a loved one who has passed away. Either way it is a way of remembering the person. It can bring back many memories of good times, the love and friendship of that person.

As Aaron was to enter the Holy Place, the temple, he was to wear a piece that carried all the names of the sons of Israel, the tribes of Israel, over his heart. As he met with God, this would help him to remember all of the people of Israel and to bring their needs before God.

One of his jobs as high priest, Aaron would have to bring the offerings and sacrifices of the people to God. When they sinned against or praised God, it was Aaron who stood before God for them.

When Jesus came, he made all who are His followers priests. Every believer is a priest before God. As a priest, believers have the ability to stand before God on the behalf of other people. The believer is also now the temple of God himself. He can always be in the presence of God.

Each and every day, the believer must bring before God the needs and praises of those he knows. He must remember the names of the people who are in need around him, rather than just focus on his own personal needs, just as Aaron and Jesus had done.

You are a priest of God, if you are a believer. You have direct access to God on behalf of the needs of others. Each and every day, take time to bring the needs of those you know up to God. Carry the names of your friends, family, enemies, and all neighbors on your heart as you go before God. Be the priest of God for the people. God can use you through your prayers.

I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will have the names of people on your hearts as you pray to God; that you will lift up the needs of others before God daily; and that God will do many great things through you in others.

Genesis 26:25 Build An Altar

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Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. Genesis 26:25

As people go through life, there are times that they go through some major event in their life that they want to remember. Often they take pictures or videos to remember the event. Some will write it down in journals to help them remember what had happened in the future.

Some of these major events may be positive events such as a trip, a marriage, a birthday, or a promotion. Other times these events may be something on the negative or sad side such as a death, a major move not desired, job loss, sickness or more.

Isaac had a major event in his life. He had been traveling along and chose to stop in Beersheba. As he had stopped there for the night, God met with him and told him that he would be blessed and his family would be increased greatly and that He would be with him.

Immediately Isaac built an altar to God. This was to help him remember what God told him and to keep his focus upon God.

An altar was a place where people could go and meet with God. It was the place to seek forgiveness for sins, or give thanks to God for blessings. It was a place that people could get close to God.

Since Jesus came, the physical altar is no longer needed, yet, an altar is still needed. Every believer needs to remember what God has done in his life. He also needs to stay focused upon God at all times. Building an altar in the heart, helps one to focus on God and a place to seek forgiveness and give Him praise. The altar in the heart can go with the believer no matter where he travels.

Take time in your life to build an altar to God. Have a place in your heart where it will keep you close to God and focused on Him and His desires for your life. This will also help you remember all that God has done for you and what He will do in the future.

At this altar, you can remember all the things God has promised you. You can remember the forgiveness He has blessed you with.

Do you have altar to God today?

I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have an altar to God in your heart; that you will seek God with all of your heart; and that you will focus your life on God. 

Genesis 8:1 God Remembers

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1

Large storms can be something that is scary to go through. The amount of damage a storm can bring, can be tremendous if the storm is big enough. 

As a person is going through a major storm, he can hear the loud roaring winds, the cracking of thunder, the roar of the rain beating down on the house, the noise of the running water off of the house, and the creaking of the house and trees in the great winds. It can be nerve wracking hearing these noises and knowing what the possible damage could be or become.

In the personal life of a person, God has also allowed other types of storms one’s life. These storms can be physical ailments, financial difficulties, marital problems, abuse, persecution, and more. During these storms, it can feel as if God has forgotten the person or abandoned him.

Those who are believers in Jesus and strive to follow God may also feel as though God has left them and forgotten all about them and what is going on. It feels as though the storm in life will never end and that all that will be left is death, pain and suffering. 

Yet, God has not forgotten. Just as He did not forget about Noah and the animals on the ark, He will not forget His people in a storm. Once the storm has accomplished its purpose, God will calm the storm. He will restore things and build things up. 

The purpose of the flood was to destroy sin and get the people to focus back on God. In life, you may be going through a storm. God may be trying to get your attention, or as with Job, He may be trying to prove your faith in Him. Either way, He has not forgotten you. He still remembers you and will preserve you and save you. 

As you travel through a storm in this life, know that God is right there with you. Know that God will save you in the end. Ask God what you need to do or learn through this storm. And give Him praise through it all. God has not, nor will ever forget you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fears of storms in this life; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will trust God will remember you always.