Day 301

Prayer for the day

Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Scripture for the day

Jeremiah 15-17, 2 Timothy 2

It’s fascinating to me the number of times the word “remember” crops up in Scripture. The people of Israel are regularly exhorted by God, by their kings, and by their prophets to remember God, and to remember their promises and covenants with and to God. The people are supposed to remember where they came from, and where they are headed provided they remain in the one from whom they came!

Through the mouth of Jeremiah, God calls the people of Israel to a time of remembrance. He calls them to remember the law he had put in place for them, and particularly the Sabbath law, that they would do no work on the Sabbath day, and that it would remain a holy day to the people of Israel, dedicated to YHWH God.

The Sabbath for the people of God was not supposed to be an onerous requirement, but a life-giving affirmation that we live and move and breathe entirely in God and for God’s pleasure. It was a day and is a day to remember the one who made us and to whom we belong.

Paul says something similar as he exhorts Timothy to always remember Jesus Christ, and the gospel concerning Jesus that Paul taught to Timothy. His desire is that the young man would always live in the awareness of God’s love and care for him and that that awareness and memory would fuel Timothy’s passion and ministry so that others would come to know the good news Timothy is preaching.

Memory is a powerful agent in our lives. It gives us joy and sadness. Let the memory of Christ and what He has done fuel your life and ministry as you surrender to him.

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