“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live!” Deuteronomy 4v9 (NLT)
Over the last few days I’ve thought a bit about the time 20 years ago on 9/11 how the attack on America that day impacted my life, as I with millions of people all over the world watched in horror at the scenes on television of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers! It changed our world forever!
There were many thousands of individuals, organisations, and churches that came together helping with whatever was needed in the hours following the terrorist attacks. In particular the scenes I saw of different churches providing prayer, medical help, counselling, food and water, are still very real to me today.
The memories live on!
In our scripture today God instructs Moses to tell His people “Be careful, never forget what you yourself have seen, and don’t let the memories escape your mind!”
My mind is full of memories of the things God has done for me in my walk with Him. I have memories of what I’ve seen God do for others as well but because our scripture encourages us to never forget “you yourself”, it’s personal!
I have many memories of church services I attended where I saw how God’s people were so blessed by His presence that I didn’t want to go home! The many trials and testings where I saw God make a way for me and for my family when there seemed to be no way! Other times where Pastors preached the precepts and commandments of the Lord that brought conviction and encouragement to my heart bringing about change in my life to the glory of God! A time where I was baptized in the fulness of the Holy Ghost! These are but a few of the memories of what I have seen God do for me.
I’m sure you yourself have many memories of your own that bring to your heart joy unspeakable and a thankfulness as today we appreciate afresh God’s hand upon our lives!