Remembering God's Promises to His People

Remembering God’s Promises to His People

Remembering God’s promises to His people matters in our lives and to God! In fact, there are hundreds of promises God has made to His people. A man named Everet R. Storms, a Canadian schoolteacher counted 7,487 promises from God to man in the Bible according to Rick Reed of the Daily Commercial. I don’t know how many there are but I know that since the beginning of time, God’s promises to His people have been part of the foundation of faith.

The Importance of Remembering in the Bible

In addition, the Bible repeatedly speaks of remembering God’s promises and His Word. The word ‘remember’ is one we use constantly. It is so familiar to us that we don’t consider its importance. The act of remembering is automatic. How often has some small thing sparked a memory – a re-membering? Remember comes from two words. The first is the prefix re – which means back. The second is memore – which means mindful. When we re-member, we reach back in our mind to an event, thing, person, or another part of our life and we bring it into the present.

Remembering God's Promises to His People
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Memories and remembering are unique because when we go back and retrieve that memory, we bring smells, sounds, mental pictures, and emotions with it. Some re-membering brings laughter, some are bittersweet, and some may bring very negative things with them. Most memories are precious to us and there are sometimes physical items we attach to the memory – a doll, a sweater, a book, a song, etc. One is connected to the other. Good memories and remembering them stirs up gratitude in our hearts.

In the kingdom of faith, remembering is vital. We need to be able to remember the Word so that we can avail ourselves of its power. We need to remember God’s promises to His people in order to have faith and hope. Remembering is a source of encouragement, learning, and growing. When we pray, we remember to bring people and situations before God and implement His promises.

In the NIV version of the Bible, remember is used 231 times and remembered 55 times. Do not forget is used 22 times and remembering 4 times. We are told to remember what we should do and what we shouldn’t do. We are also to remember good and bad things from the past. We are told to remember things like the everlasting covenant the rainbow represents. God remembers the covenants and promises He has made to His people. We are to remember God’s commands and obey them. Over and over, we need to remember.

God’s Promises to Us

When I remember the promises made by God and Jesus, I am filled with hope. I have hope because I also remember times and situations in my life where God kept His promises. For instance – I will never leave you or forsake you. I have known that promise in my darkest moments. He was there and I knew it. Remembering the promise and God’s faithfulness strengthens my faith. It encourages me and gives me hope.

God’s Promises in our circumstances

God’s promises to His people cover every area of life. In the Old Testament, He made many promises. For instance, Exodus 14:14 NIV, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” The Israelites were being chased by Pharoah’s army as Moses led them out of captivity. They were at the edge of the Red Sea where fear and despair overtook them. God told Moses to stop crying out to Him, take his staff, strike the water and part the seas. Moses had tried to comfort them by telling them God would fight for them if they would just stand still. It was a promise of deliverance which was fulfilled.

Later, the children of Israel were told to remember what God had done. In fact, the Israelites built monuments to commemorate various victories and miracles God had performed for them. These monuments served as a re-minder to re-member – to join yourself with the past by bringing it into the present.

In Genesis 28:10-22 NIV, Jacob had spent the night in the desert and had placed a stone under his head to sleep on. He then had a very powerful dream:

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. 

I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

It must have been incredible! Here is Jacob’s response:

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel (House of God), though the city used to be called Luz.

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

The memorial stone remained there and Jacob came back and built an altar as a re-minder so that everyone who came there would re-member. God had made a magnificent promise at that place and Jacob knew it was imperative to remember it. It was a promise which was fulfilled.

THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBERING WHAT GOD HAS DONE

Remembering God’s promises to His people and to us, helps us understand His faithfulness and truth. If He says He is going to do something, He does it! It may not happen when we think it will or look like we wanted it to, but it is fulfilled! He is faithful, just, true, and completely trustworthy. As we re-member His promises, we also re-member His attributes – especially His love!

  • Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV,Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
  • Luke 22:19 NIV, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Psalm 77:11 NIV, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
  • Luke 24:8 NIV, “Then they remembered his words.’

How Can We Remember God’s Promises to Us?

Some are easy to remember – the promises of salvation and eternal life! Some are more difficult because they seem too vague or we don’t see how they apply to us. Some of the Old Testament promises only applied to the people at that time while others were for all time. So, when we read them, we aren’t sure about being able to claim them for our own lives.

Study the Word

The more you study the Bible, the easier it becomes to see those promises which were specific to the Old Testament, For instance, the promise God gave to Joshua regarding the land and the number of his descendants. But, the promise in Isaiah 40:31 applies to all of God’s people:

Isaiah 40:31 NIV, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

This promise is beautiful and fills us with hope. But, when we are tired and weary, we might forget the source of our strength. Or, we may forget that the promise included the necessity of ‘hoping in the Lord.’

How can we soar on wings like eagles? If I try to run, I fizzle out very quickly and I have grown faint when walking! Of course, we have to understand that, while this can be interpreted in a literal sense, it can also be interpreted and applied in a spiritual sense.

Let God Show You His Work in Your Life

Because there is a learning curve for us in the ways God’s promises are fulfilled, we may tend to set some of His promises aside because we just don’t see how they apply to us. This is where meditation and prayer come into play along with re-membering. We need to allow God to show us how He is working on our lives individually. The way Isaiah 40:31 is fulfilled in my life might be vastly different from how it is done in your life. In order to understand, we need to ask God to show us and then remember.

Steps to Learn

  • Read the promises
  • Meditate on them,
  • Pray
  • Ask for wisdom and clarity, and then
  • Write down what you learn

You can build Yourself up to have a steady, solid faith. You will learn to take God’s promises and make them part of your prayers and be continually looking for the fulfillment of them in every area of your life.

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God SHows Himself Through His Promises

God wants to show Himself to us. He wants us to know Him. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit for that purpose. Remembering God’s promises to His people has been a part of the normal life of faith for thousands of years. We need to:

  • be re-minded,
  • re-member,
  • re-hearse, and
  • re-peat.

Rehearse means to re(again) hearse(harrow). A harrow is a tool to break up and smooth soil. It is also a verb – to harrow the ground. Re-hearse is to harrow again. When we re-hearse the promises of God, we break up the soil of our heart and make it ready to receive the promise! Rehearsal means you dig in over and over until everything is smooth.

I am including 75 Remember the Promises of God Scripture Cards for you to use. Just click in the image below. The cards can serve as a reminder. As you read, you remember and put the Word into your heart. Then, rehearse the promises of God by using the Cards as tools! How – by re-petition. Re-peat from late Middle English and from Old French, means –  repeter, from Latin repetere, from re- ‘back’ + petere ‘seek’.

Go back (again and again) to seek the truths of the promises of God! Use the cards as a daily reminder to remember and then make a point of rehearsing through repetition! There are even promises about keeping God’s Word in our hearts!

  • I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 NIV
  • Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 NIV
  • Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.Colossians 3:16 NIV
  • Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.Matthew 4:4 NIV

Use these steps to enter into the Promises of God:

  • Read the promises
  • Meditate on them,
  • Pray
  • Ask for wisdom and clarity, and then
  • Write down what you learn
  • be re-minded,
  • re-member,
  • re-hearse, and
  • re-peat.

I pray that these steps of action along with the Scripture cards will unleash a new level of faith in your life.

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2 thoughts on “Remembering God’s Promises to His People”

  1. This is so timely, Fleda. I have never been great about memorization. But I recently decided to start memorizing scripture. God’s promises are there to remind us. But how can we be reminded if we don’t know them? Knowing those promises is especially helpful when we go through our fiery trials. That way, we can know that there are blessings in the trial and God is working in us.

    1. Wendy- I am terrible at memorizing. I remember what the Word says but can’t remember where the verse is! Yes, we must know God’s promises in order to develop our faith for them and to appreciate it when He fulfills them!

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