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He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98:3 (NASB)

At New Year, we look to the future in hope; but we also remember the years that have passed. It is a common refrain in Scotland that the celebration of Hogmanay into the New Year “is no the same ony mair!” It used to be common for folk to have open parties that could last quite a long time, with lots of food and drink where folk had clean fun without getting senseless drunk. There would be stories, singing and of course dancing. But I cherish another type of memory from past New Years; where I was invited by a dear brother to whole day conferences of Christian Brethren churches. Many assemblies gathered to hear several teachers of God’s Word, sing, and pray together. These were truly blessed occasions that gave the New Year ahead a Godly purpose. As Good as it is to ponder such memories I was reminded that Almighty God also has memories; and He never forgets.

I recently read some references in Scripture pertaining to God’s memory; but to more than mere remembrance of people. In Genesis 8:1 God remembers Noah and the inhabitants of the ark, but it was His promise to Noah that was the important aspect that He remembered. We cannot forget the story of the Israelite’s slavery in Egypt, and how they prayed for God’s deliverance from bondage.

 So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them. (Exodus 2:24-25)

We see the same thing in the rescue of Araham’s nephew, Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gommorah (Genesis 19:29), that is God remembered Abraham and His promise to him and his descendants. God heard the prayers of Rachel and remembered her childless situation (Genesis 30:22), giving her a child. The same was true of Hannah; who also prayed for a child, and promised to give that child to God’s service, and she kept her promise (1 Samuel 1).

Dear Reader, as you ponder the year behind and the year ahead, memories of what has gone and those yet to be made, remember your Father God who loves you. He remembers you always. We have seen in the history of Israel His remembrance of His promises to their descendants, in the past and in the present day – His promises are forever!

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

This young lady, Israella, remembered her God in the final of “The Voice Kids UK” and sang this beautiful hymn to His glory in the final of this worldly television show…and He remembered her faithfulness, she won the final! What a testimony.

13 thoughts on “God Remembers

  1. Happy New Year! I pray God sustains you for the new year, health wise (physically) and spiritually and mentally and everything; you are a light on here and the internet

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    1. Thank you for sharing this Bette, may our Father God continue to guide and bless you each day in 2023.
      Yes the lifetime ban is ridiculous indeed! Those who complained I believe were supporters of Black Lives Matter, because I questioned the ridiculous idea of “taking a knee.” I still say that the only one I take a knee for is Christ my King!

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  2. Thank you, Alan. I re-blogged this on Esther’s Petition. I tried to share it on Facebook but was refused because “others have reported content as abusive.” Such nonsense! I then shared it from Esther’s Petition to my Facebook page with no problem, except that the video will not play in the United States (no permission). Have a wonderful, happy and blessed New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year, Alan! Praise God for His past, present and future mercies in our lives. Thank you Alan for your heartfelt devotionals this past year! I look forward to what you will write in 2023. So thankful for you and Susan! Lots of love, hugs and blessings!!!!

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