Remember, Remembering

Earnest Hemingways striking passport photo 1923.
Earnest Hemingways striking passport photo 1923.

Prayer reminds us of God’s goodness:

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. –  NIV Deuteronomy 8:10

This verse is traditionally cited as the reason we say grace before or after meals. Its purpose, however, was to warn the Israelites not to forget God when their needs and wants were satisfied.  Let your table prayers serve as a constant reminder of the Lord’s goodness to you and your duty to those who are less fortunate.

What will people remember you for?

After the time of Abimelech a man fof Issachar, Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim.  He led Israel for twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir. 

He was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel for twenty-two years. He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys.  They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair.  When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.  –  NIV Judges 10:1-5

In five verses we read about two men who judged Israel for a total of 45 years, yet all we know about them besides the length of their rules is that one had 30 sons who rode around on 30 donkeys. What are you doing for God that is worth nothing?  When your life is over, will people remember more than just what was in your bank account or the number of years you lived?

How you live today will determine how you are remembered:

The sons of Judah:

Er, Onan and Shelah. These three were born to him by a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua.  Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.  –  NIV 1 Chronicles 2:3

This long genealogy not only lists names, but gives us insights into some of the people. Here, almost as an epitaph, the genealogy states that Er “was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death”.  Now, thousands of years later, this is all we know of the man.  Each of us is forging a reputation, developing personal qualities by which we will be remembered.  How would God summarise your life up  to now?  Some defiantly claim that how they live is their own business.  But Scripture teaches that the way you live today will determine how you will be remembered by others and how you will be judged by God.  What you do now does matter.

 

©Kingsway International 1973.

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