Monday, December 20, 2010

Marked For Remembrance

When I was younger it was easy to remember promises and appointments. Maybe because they were fewer. But as I grew older and had more responsibilities, I found out that easily yet unintentionally, I did not keep promises. For instance, I may tell my sister I will call her by 5pm on Sunday and end up calling 2 days later. Thankfully Microsoft Outlook calendar, synchronized between my pc and phone, has helped. I fix appointments on either of the two and get a reminder as deems fit. The key thing about this is I mark dates and times for my appointment. And though I may not forget, I remember these appointments and I act accordingly.

As I pondered on the word remember in “God remembered us when we were down…” [Psalm 136:23 MSG], I wondered, “Does God forget”? No, God cannot forget. The word "remembered" in this scripture, and as used often times in the bible, originates from the Hebrew word "zakar" which means to mark (so as to be recognized). It means to be mindful, to bring to remembrance or to call to mind. Permit me to use the analogy in the aforementioned paragraph. By marking dates and appointments on my calendar, I become mindful of them, they are easily recognized as my priorities, and because of the reminders I can prepare accordingly.

The bible gives accounts of times when God "remembered". Just to mention a few, He remembered Noah [Gen. 8:1]. He remembered Sarah and did as He had promised [Gen. 21: 1]. He remembered Rachel [Gen. 30:22]. He remembered Hannah [1 Samuel 1:19]. He remembered His covenant [Psalm 105:8]. None of these cases imply that God had forgotten. He “remembered” them at the time when He was to fulfill His promise, and what He had "marked", He recalled.

God is not a man, that He should lie. Whatever He has promised you, He will fulfill. Maybe you are waiting on the promise of a new beginning, a restoration, a heart's desire or a breakthrough. Maybe God may have put a ministry in your heart, but you are experiencing doubts or opposition. God is faithful. Wait on Him. Those who trust in and wait on the Lord will find new strength. It is in the waiting that you will see God's promises fulfilled. You are not forgotten. He has marked the date for your appointment.  Your Loving Father always remembers and He will fulfill His plans, purpose and promises in your life.

It is my prayer for all those waiting on God, who may be feeling discouraged that His words and promises have not come to pass when expected, that you feel an added sense of His peace and presence, that He remembers you soon, yet give you the strength to wait on Him, for He that promised is faithful.


On another note: Apologies for the unplanned hiatus on the blog. Some restructuring has been going on which should soon be finalized. The blog may also take a Christmas break :-) so here’s wishing you an enjoyable festive season. And don’t forget that the year is not yet over…God is still able to work 2010 miracles in these few days left. Remain blessed and agape love…Rita.

17 comments:

Rainyjoy said...

'those that wait upon the Lord, their strength would be renewed'- i am a living witness.
Even in the waiting, God gives us things to do for Him, we r not just idle waiters but thank God He is faithful to REMEMBER to bring to past what He has promised us.

thanks for sharing.
hv a lovely merry christmas

doll said...

thanks Rita. your blog blessed me in 2010..do have a merry xmas

Dee! said...

Amen to your prayers!

God will never forget His children in Jesus name!

Merry Christmas!

Uzezi said...

I know He is never late, neither is He before His time. He comes to do His work in such a way that will leave absolutely no doubt about who is at work. That is why He can never share His glory with anymore. That is why He waits for us to finally stop trusting in things and men and turn to Him as the EXCLUSIVE ONE.

Nice one Rita. Thanks you so much. U always encourage my faith and help me to love HIM more.
Merry xmas.

Lil Miss Thang said...

Very encouraging. Thank you for the post :-)

2cute4u said...

This post..
Food to my soul..
God remembered me..
Love your take on it..
Call you soonish.

Blessing said...

Lovely post Rita!
Happy Holidays dear!

LE DYNAMIQUE PROFESSEUR said...

Me enjoyed this!
"can a mother forget her sucking child... even though she may forget, I will not forget you" said the Lord.

Our God does not forget. He bears us in mind. Halleluyah!

Thanks Rita. Hv a blissful Christmas

- LDP

Funms-the rebirth said...

Amen

yhurmie said...

Your posts are always worth waiting for,Rita.

God bless you...Merry Christmas!

David C Brown said...

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good pleasure in men."

David C Brown said...

"Let us hold fast the confession of the hope unwavering, (for he [is] faithful who has promised;)" Hebrews 10: 23

Patrina's Pencil said...

Dear Rita
Your remembrance of my prayer request was so encouraging to me. The very day....you were not late - you were right on time. I so appreciate the fact that you are mindful of God's priorities and the business of enlarging His Kingdom.

The Lord did answer.... and I am waiting for His timing to enter the new season of my life.

Thank you for your heart-felt prayers. God is faithful and His faithfulness is displayed through His servant, Rita.

Blessing for the new year.
Patrina <")>><

AlooFar said...

Happy New Year.

Cheers.

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koinonia said...

Amen, Amen and Amen

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