Saturday, March 28, 2015

"I Will Remember" - Devotion on Genesis 9

Scripture: Genesis 9:12-16
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

I have a horrible memory sometimes. I can read a book and forget the details two weeks later. I can go on a vacation and have nothing but fuzzy recollections of the places I visited a year afterward. I make a new decision in my spiritual life and...well, the pattern continues.

Maybe you're like that too. It's not that you don't mean to follow through; it's just that you forget. It slips your mind.

Until God reminds you of it again.

Luckily, God understands needing reminders. He gave us an example of how to remember important decisions in Genesis 9:12-16.  God created a physical symbol, the rainbow, to serve as a reminder of His decision not to completely flood the earth again.

Now, I don't believe that our omniscient God who exists outside of time really needs a reminder about anything, but I do believe that it serves as a great example for us.

If something important happens, be INTENTIONAL about remembering it! Get creative. God created a rainbow that He would see every time it rained. Maybe you can create something that you'll see periodically. It could be something as simple a bookmark in your Bible or in the book you're currently reading, or a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or computer screen, an email reminder that you schedule to send to yourself every day or week. You could ask your spouse or accountability partner to remind you of certain things.

The decisions that we make in life and the changes that God moves us toward are too important to forget. Set up a way to remember them, and follow through victoriously.

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