The word “remember” is a very interesting word. Throughout your whole life, beginning in elementary school, you had to remember your colors, numbers, addresses, names, shapes and so forth. But it didn’t stop there, then you entered middle and high school and you had to remember tons of other information. The memory is always remembering information, some we need and other things we don’t. But nevertheless, its job is to retain information. That’s what we do.
If we define remember it is to recall to the mind, retain in memory or to become aware of suddenly. Sometimes we remember things when we need it the most but other times we remember things that we really want to forget. The mind has a way of doing that to us. That’s the reason we have to train our mind and our thoughts to obey the word of the Lord on a daily basis.
In Deuteronomy 8:2 says, Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not. It’s instructing us to reflect, to go back in our memory and to retain information. There are many times in our lives that God will ask us to recall everything we have gone through. This serves as testimony to ourselves that if we made it through before, then we will definitely make it through this time.
Let’s look at some key points in this verse:
1) Remember. We sometimes remember everything except Godly instruction. When He gives us an order, we need to do it.
2) Testing. We have to understand that if we receive tests in school and in different areas of our lives, why is it so hard to understand that in our spiritual walk we will also receive tests? He is trying to bring the best out of us. He is trying to make us decide for ourselves what we want. He is going to push us to our limits. Never over our limit even though sometimes we feel as if we are over the limit. He doesn’t give us more weight than we can bear.
3) What we are really made of. We need to walk the walk and talk the talk. Are we really the person we say we are? Many people tend to exaggerate, pump themselves up but who can stand up to the Almighty? He knows what you are made of but He wants you to know who you are. He wants you to discover what you are made of.
When we realize who we are, we have to come to the conclusion that we are nothing without Him. That’s why He allows tests and permits trials, so that we can run to Him. He knows best, He knows the best route out of the problem, He has the solution. That’s why He tells us to remember. We need to remember who we serve, who He is. We need to remember His power. We need to remember that He is the creator; He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. So remember, He is God.