Esther 9:28 Do Not Forget

that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. Esther 9:28

Every nation has certain events that they always want to remember for various reasons. Those events are celebrated and talked about every year at a specific time. These events can be a memory of something good or bad, either way they are to remind people of something good or bad to be thankful for or to keep from occurring again.

When the Jews had survived their attempted destruction by Haman, they began a celebration of Purim to be done every year, by everyone, everywhere to keep the memory of what had happened.

It is easy for people to remember on a regular basis large national level events that have occurred. No matter where they go, people will always talk about the event in memory of it, whether something good or bad. Some events have been celebrated for hundreds of years, while others are new and just beginning.

While remembering national events, it is also important to remember personal events in one’s own life. People are quick to remember to celebrate birthdays and wedding anniversaries, but there are other events that people often forget about.

For the believer, the beginning of remembrance begins with when one chose to repent of one’s sins and believe in Jesus. Then one must remember the times God has done something in one’s life. These can be little or great things, but God is always doing something.

One great event to always remember is when God gave strength to overcome a sinful habit. This was a time of victory over the enemy and the destruction of the soul.

God has already done many wonderful things in your own life, beginning with salvation. Take time to remember what God has done and then take time to celebrate that event.

It can just a simple celebration that only you and few people know about, but it is done to give God glory and praise for what He had done in your past. Celebrating in this way can give you hope for your future, no matter what troubles you may face, and it keeps your focus upon God.

What can you celebrate today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will recognize God’s work in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done; that you will remember all that God has done for you; and that you will let the world know what God has done.

Judges 8:33-34 Forgetting What God Did

No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. Judges 8:33-34

When things are going well, it is easy for people to forget who helped them get to that point. People are quick to push out of their memories the struggles and battles they had been in time of prosperity.

Instead, they worship ideas and things that they believe helped them become successful, rather than the truth.

Sometime after Gideon had freed the Israelites from captivity he had died. Immediately upon his death the Israelites began to worship the false God of Baal and forget that God had rescued them from their enemies.

God works many times behind the scenes in the life of a believer, rescuing him from troubles and the enemy. At points things look horrible with no possible chance of good to come from it, then suddenly everything turns around for good. That is when God had worked in one’s life.

Many believers are quick to forget or ignore what God had done in their life. They turn back to the world and sinful ways of living, rather than growing closer to God and serving Him more. They feel that it was the things of the world or pure luck that rescued them, rather than God.

God has done many different things for the individual believer. He has forgiven, healed, provided for, rescued, guided, protected and much more. One must never forget these things and go back to the sinful ways of the world, thinking the world, self or good luck did these things.

Only God is to be worshipped and served.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will remember what God has done in your life; that you only worship and serve God; and that you will trust God with your whole life.