Some events, such as holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries happen every year. This means at least once a year we have a special time to remember and reflect on things of the past. There are holidays that help us think about our country and the people that fought and even died to give and protect our freedoms; holidays to honor famous people of the past; and holidays to help us reflect on special events (even the resurrection of Christ). You may remember a birthday in the past when you had a special birthday party. Maybe others thought they surprised you, but you had known the plans for a while. Maybe you went somewhere you had always wanted to go or saw something you had always wanted to see. Some birthdays may have been normal, but others were very memorable. Anniversaries are a great time to think back to the wedding day. Were you nervous? Did you wonder if you would forget to say something or move to the right place? Maybe you would trip over your wedding gown, or the candles would not light. Anniversaries can cause you to think back to the promises made and to reflect on the many good times, bad times, joys, and trials that have come your way since then.
The Bible tells us some other things we should remember. However, because our lives are so busy, we seldom take the time. The Lord repeatedly told Israel to remember where He had brought them from (the slavery of Egypt) and how He had led them all forty years in the wilderness (Deut. 8:2; 15:15; 24:18,22). We, too, should remember that before salvation we were slaves to sin, but once saved, we are free from its chains to serve Him (Rom. 6:22). We are to “remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth” (I Chron. 16:20). We should remember the works of the Lord (Psa. 77:11) and the words of God (Psalm 119:16). “We will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psa. 20:7), for He is the One in whom we trust. Like Israel, we must remember that God is our Rock and our Redeemer (Psalm 78:35), and He has delivered us from our enemies (Judges 8:34). God will not forget us (Heb. 13:5) nor our service (Heb. 6:10); let us not forget all His benefits (Psa.103:2). Today think on these things. Remember.