Friday, 14 October 2016

Remembrance, Conviction and Comfort

Scripture: God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the ⛵️ boat. Genesis 8:1

Culture, customs and traditions are most interesting case studies. Wherever we travel on Terra firma, we cannot help but to marvel, embrace and become accustomed to these different and sometimes seemingly strange, societal and behavioral norms. One particular custom in China includes grooming gravesites and taking walks with loved ones in the countryside. Legend has it that it began when a youth's rude and foolish behavior resulted in the untimely death of his mother. So he decided that henceforth he would visit her grave every year to remember what she had done for him. Sadly, it was only after her death that he remembered and thereafter valued her.

How differently God, our Heavenly Father deals with us! In the Biblical book of beginnings, Genesis, we read how the flood destroyed the 🌎  world. Only those who were with Noah in the ark remained alive. But God remembered them (8:1) and sent a wind to dry the waters so that they could leave the ark. 

God also remembered Hannah when she prayed for a son (1Samuel 1:19). He gave her a child, Samuel. Jesus remembered the dying thief who said, "Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom." Jesus replied, I assure you today, you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:42-43). 

Be rest assured today, our God remembers us wherever or whoever we are. Our cultural backgrounds, where we were born, our preferred accents, or our customs and traditions are of meaningless value to Him. Our concerns are His concerns. Our pain is His pain. We must this day commit our challenges and difficulties to Him. He is OUR Heavenly Father, the all-seeing God who remembers us as a doting mother remembers her children, and He delights and waits to meet our needs. To know that our God sees and cares about us today and always, this reassuring remembrance brings both conviction and comfort. 

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