January 25, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on the first part of Deuteronomy 5:15: “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.”
When the Children of Israel, having seen God's miracles in Egypt and having experienced His guidance through the Sinai, were prepared to enter the Promised Land, God spoke to them. He reminded them not to forget they were there because He had brought them there. Then He concluded it all by saying, "Remember.
We too are to remember. Now remembering the Lord who has given us all ought to be elementary, but it isn't. As proof, I can say every nation throughout history has managed to forget God and give in to the sin of pride. Every global power, having enjoyed a period of prosperity, looks around and concludes that they, not God, have earned what they have.
While we are not completely responsible for what our nation remembers or forgets, we are responsible for our own lives. We need to remember that God created and sustains all things, seen and unseen. We need to remember our natural sinfulness. We need to remember that God sent His Son to be the sacrifice who saves. We need to remember the resurrection and the Savior's triumph over sin, death, and the devil. We need to remember that we now have eternal life with God. Thus, we need to remember to thank our Savior with our lives, for if we don’t, we will forget.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Dear Lord, every good and perfect gift comes from You. May we remember to give thanks for them and for the greatest gift of all: the salvation that is ours through our Savior's sacrifice. In His Name, we pray. Amen.