The sovereign God who created everything made man with a mind that could recall by memory things that help us in times of need to give us hope! (Lamentations 3:18-26). And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
God tells us to remind Him of His promises He has made to us, and He will reason with us if we truly listen to what His will is. (Isaiah 43:25-26) I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified ….. (Isaiah 1:17-20).
The ability to remember allows us to bring comfort to ourselves and to others, as we think of all the former times that God stepped into our life and even sometimes when we least expected it. (Psalm 77:6-14). I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
When thinking of all the good memories I have of my parents, my mind is flooded with so many good times and of times God moved in their life as they had a strong faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. And when we are very young and God is not first in our life He tells us He knew us even when we didn’t know Him! (Isaiah 45:4-7).