“Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’” Nehemiah 1:8-9
When I was in first or second grade one of my brothers traded something of theirs for something of mine without my permission. It was one of those things that only the two of us would have known that a switch had been made. My brother was insistent that no switch had occurred and I was insistent that one had. Finally my father grew exasperated with the back and forth argument and, since I was the one keeping it going, he forbade me to ever mention the topic again and if I did their would be consequences.
Time passed, perhaps four or five years. Our family had moved two times in the intervening years. One day we were going through some things and came across the item that had been stolen from me and I, having forgotten my fathers admonition, mentioned that the object had once been mine.
My brother immediately reminded my father about his edict and, notwithstanding the passage of time and the fact that I wasn’t even trying to secure the items return, the consequences for resurrecting the forbidden topic fell upon me.
I’m probably the only one that remembers that event. And just so you understand, I blame my brother for the injustice, not my father, and we were just kids. Kids do bad things they usually wouldn’t do as adults.
However, the event is an example of our reminding our parents of their promises and the things they’ve said.
Our Heavenly Father appears to like it when we remind him of the promises he’s made to us. I don’t think he needs to be reminded. He hasn’t forgotten that he loves us. He hasn’t changed in his attitude and feelings toward us. I don’t think he’s become forgetful and needs to be reminded.
When we remind God of the promises he’s made it tells about what’s going on inside us, as regards to our relationship with him. It tells him that we were listening to him; every parent likes to know that their children are listening when they speak. It tells him that we remember what he said; every parent knows the frustration of our children’s words, “I forgot.” It tells him that we’re relying on him; every parent can appreciate the warm feeling that comes when an increasingly independent child reveals that they’re still reliant upon the knowledge, wisdom, strength, or resources of their parents.
All three of these reasons are connected with another reason. Reminding God of his promises tells him that we’re in a relationship with him. We get into our biggest messes when we’re drifting apart from him. He can provide the greatest healing and give us the best support when we stay close to his side.
Stick with Jesus. Study his word. And repeat his promises back to him.