Remembering Your Suffering, Your Savior
I’ve been sick since last week and definitely ready to be done with this stuff. I figured this post from 2010 fit with what I’d like to say today. Be blessed!
I’ve been using the Chronological Bible for my daily readings this year, andI’m in Deuteronomy. To be honest, normally the most I get out of it is a sense of gratitude that Jesus paid the price of righteousness and that I am the humble recipient of grace.
Going through it this time, I kept noticing the phrase God would use as He gave certain commands. In essence I saw three parts, the first being, Remember that you were slaves in Egypt…
It struck me that we try a lot of different methods and means to remove the memory of our suffering. Even though we are out of that hardship and pain, we don’t want to think about many times. We don’t want to go back, nor should we.
The reality is there is a purpose in remembering, as I see it. ; It’s not that we feel the sting of it for the rest of our lives; we just recognize where we’ve come from.
After “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt” comes another key: and that the Lord brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
He’s the One who has performed mighty deeds on your behalf. The vessels and miracles may look different, but everyone who has believed Jesus is Lord was transported from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. First through the Father’s love and Jesus’ sacrifice, and second through the obedience of others here on earth.
What He has done is amazing! He is saying, “remember the wretched state you were in and that I pulled you out and rescued you.” This keeps us humble, keeps us worshipping. When we forget the things we’ve been through and how God has been constant and faithful, we get into messes as we head into self-sufficiency at which point God resists us (according to His word).
The last part of the equation comes in different forms, but essentially says, so let this truth inform the way you live your life. Whether it’s keeping the Sabbath day of rest, taking care of widows and orphans, displaying kindness–God says our suffering and His rescue “is why I give you this command today.”
It’s not that there are strings attached, but when we recognize where we’ve been and where He’s brought us, there’s such an overwhelming gratitude that fills us. His word becomes our delight. Obedience is joy and the pleasure of sin pales in comparison.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. –Romans 6:22
It’s not condemnation to remember our former slavery to sin, but it’s liberation when we consider the gift of God. What we reap from our thankfulness is a life of holiness. We take care of others because of what He’s done for us. We choose not to judge others because He has forgiven us.
Will you meditate with me today? Not just on suffering, but on the work of God. As we remember, let it spur us on to put faith in action.
What are you thoughts?