Summary: Why is it important to remember? I give the reason why it’s important and show 4 areas God remembers in for our benefit. A great Remebrance Day sermon, enjoy!
Title: The Importance Of Remembering
Text: I Chron 16:7-13; Job 36:22-26
- This week is remembrance day.
- A day where we remember the sacrifices made for our freedom.
- Many people gave there lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have today.
- One freedom that I am grateful for is the freedom of religion.
- I can serve Jesus in church without the threat of being hurt or shut down.
- Many Christians around the world don’t have that freedom and are suffering for there faith.
- So we need to be thankful and remember the awesome price that was paid, and the price that is continuing to be paid right now.
- Our men and women are fighting for our freedom and safety and they are doing a great job!
- This morning in honor of Remembrance Day that is coming up, I wanted to talk about the importance of remembering.
- And in particular what God remembers.
- There are 4 areas I have found in the Word of God that God always remembers that we can take great joy in.
- But before we talk about that, I want to give you some funny stories about why it’s important to remember:
Patient to his psychiatrist: Doctor, I can’t remember anything! I forgot what happened yesterday. I forgot what my car looks like. I can’t even remember my own name.
Psychiatrist: How long have you had this problem?
Patient: What problem?
The man looked a little worried when the doctor came in to administer his annual physical, so the first thing the doctor did was to ask whether anything was troubling him.
"Well, to tell the truth, Doc, yes," answered the patient.
"You see, I seem to be getting forgetful. No, it’s actually worse than that. I’m never sure I can remember where I put the car, or whether I answered a letter, or where I’m going, or what it is I’m going to do once I get there -- if I get there. So, I really need your help. What can I do?"
The doctor mused for a moment, then answered in his kindest tones, "Pay me in advance."
- So this morning it’s important to remember
- What does God remember? Let me give you 4 areas that God remembers in.
Point 1: God Remembers Covenant
Gen 9:14-15 says, “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 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.”
Ex 2:24 says, “God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and with Jacob.”
Psalm 111:5 says, “He provides food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.”
- What is a covenant?
- A covenant is an agreement between two partners.
- In the Bible we have many covenants made by God to His people.
- For example: Noah and the rainbow; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; The Sinai Covenant; The Davidic Covenant and the New Testament Covenant.
- The two partners both have responsibilities to make the covenant work.
- For example the patriarchal covenant had two promises from the Lord,
1. The multiplication of Abraham’s offspring and the inheritance of the promised land.
2. There part was to be fruitful and multiply and go and conquer.
- Time does not permit us to look further into covenant, but the promise is clear. God always fulfills His end of the bargain.
- God never fails, we still have the rainbow, the Jewish people are still going the promise land and are being blessed.
- People are still being saved today, because of the covenant made by Jesus on the Christ for the world.
- God is still honoring His covenant with us, His people.
- I am reminded in this story of God’s faithfulness to us all when we pray:
Two Pastors wives were visiting and sewing their husbands pants. One wife said: My husband is just beside himself, he does not know what to do anymore and he is so tired and depressed he said he is ready to just give up and resign.
The other wife said: I am sorry to hear that because my husband has never been happier. Our membership is growing and we are out of our financial burden, we have such a large and loving congregation. Life could not be any better than it is right now.
One woman was mending the seat of her husbands pants, the other was mending the knees.
- God will always honor His covenant He has made with people, but we need to respond to God’s covenant and apply it to our lives.