“Remembering is not a passive reflection, but a bold action of calling God’s truth into the present.”- Esther Fleece
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5-6
As Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 8 of No More Faking Fine, she reminds us of the beauty of lament. Lament involves “unedited, unfiltered real talk that allows God to meet us right where we are.” Therefore, when we feel like God’s forgotten us or left us behind, we’re able to openly express those feelings.
Then, the next step is to remind God of His promises to us. Obviously, God remembers His promises. Thus, reminding God benefits us, as Esther notes:
“But reminding God of the promises He has made helps us remember them and reassures us that He can be trusted to keep them. . . . Remembering is an active tool to reignite our faith. As we wait on Him, He actively renews the strength necessary for us to persevere.”
The Hebrew language uses active tense verbs for “remember” (zakar) and “not forget” (lo shakach). So, our intentional practice of remembering “leads our hearts into thankfulness for the past and hope for the future.”
In conclusion, Esther encourages us to dive into Scripture during those times we feel God’s forgotten us. Reading Scripture provides a great opportunity to refresh our memory of God’s character and promises. Esther writes:
“God’s promises are energizing; they give us courage, and courage helps us to get moving to do what needs to get done.”
Today’s question: What Bible verses help you make remembering a bold action? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Forgiveness- our invitation to process the pain”