Monday, April 22, 2013

The Obsessed...Remember

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. (Deuteronomy 32:7 NIV)

This week, we discussed the Profile of the Obsessed - Obsessed with God.  Someone obsessed with God always seems to remember what God has done.  Maybe the memory comes from reading Scripture.  It doesn't seem to matter to the obsessed whether it was the Old Testament or the New Testament.  When they remember what God has done, it encourages them in what God is doing today.  The Apostle, Paul, showed this kind of obsession all the time - remembering what Scriptures tell us about God working in the past...

Do you realize what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said, "LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too." And do you remember God's reply? He said, "No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!" It is the same today...  (Romans 11:2-5 NLT)

"Do you remember God's reply?" Paul asked.  In other words, do you remember this story from Scripture?  Have you read Scripture?  Do you know how the story ends?  This was important to Paul because the circumstances were "the same today..."  Paul was obsessed with what God had done.  It gave him confidence in what God was doing "now."

Sometimes the obsessed remember what God has already done in their own life.  They don't have to look back hundreds or thousands of years to remember God at work.  They only need a few years, months, or even days.  They remember what God had done in their life and it gives them confidence that God will be there today and any day in the future.

Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!  (Hebrews 10:32-35 NLT)

Do you remember the great things God has done in the past or even in your own life?  Do you find confidence today remembering what He has done yesterday?  Are you obsessed with God, remembering all He has done?