“Memory is the scribe of the soul” ~ Aristotle
What comes to mind when you hear the word? Possibly, an unforgettable vacation? For some, it is the moment they and their spouse said, “I do.” For others, this word could carry a sadder weight as you remember the death of a loved one.
For others, when they read the term, they think of the unfortunate reality that they are getting older and that they can never seem to remember what they ate for lunch or what day it is.
I do not think the famous philosopher Aristotle would take offense to either thought process. Because, in all of these examples, something was engraved into your mind or etched onto the heart.
In moments of trouble and doubt, there are two words that should wiggle their way to the forefront of your mind: Remember and hope.
When we remember what the Lord has done for us, we can be affirmed in our hope of what He has promised He will do. This is a model that transcends history. It was applicable to the Jews and it is applicable to us today.
God often called the Israelites to remember their deliverance from captivity by other nations (Deuteronomy 6:12; Psalm 77:11). In the Body of Christ, the scribe of our soul also reminds us of our deliverance, but rather it is our deliverance from the bondage of sin (Galatians 5:1).
We remember and esteem the finished work of Christ that secured our soul’s salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).
In hope, we remember and esteem the fact that Christ is coming back to secure our Heavenly salvation (1 Corinthians 15:52-55).
Experience. Our past experiences of God’s goodness in the midst of trials coupled with our current state of joy is bound to illustrate a life defined by hope (Romans 5:1-6).
Remember & Hope.