January 13 Day 13
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” – Malachi 3:16
The Book of Remembrances
The first time we see the word “Remember” mentioned in the Scriptures, is in this verse in (Malachi 3:16), where we see God telling us that He will “Remember” His covenant with man and that the “Waters shall no more become a flood and destroy all flesh.”
The last mention of the word “Remember” is in Revelation 3:3, where Jesus warns us to “Remember what thou hast received and heard and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
It is interesting to me that God chose to put these remembrances into a book (Mal 3:16). This verse tells us that the Book of Remembrance has people who feared (reverently trusted) the LORD, and those that thought upon his name.
Not much is written about the Book of Remembrances in any literature. Perhaps this book will be open to us throughout all Eternity as a testimony to His working in our lives.
Another cross reference to this book is found in Exodus 32:32 “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”
There are other obscure books mentioned in the Bible that we have little or no information about like the Book of Jasher referred to in 2 Sam 1:18 “Also he bade them teach the children of Judah [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written in the book of Jasher.”
Another of these books is the “Book of Wars” referred to in Num 21:14 “Wherefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon.”
In Psalm 56:8 we are told about the “Book of Tears” “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book?”
This existence of a Book of Remembrance should teach us that God values those that think about Him and that He never forgets his promises to us. The word “Remember” occurs 148 times in the Scriptures, and the word “Remembrance” occurs 53 times. It is a worthy task to look up the different references in these words in the Scriptures. One notable example is to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exd 20:8). No doubt, there will be interesting reading in heaven as we learn what He wrote about us.
God must have known that throughout the ages His people would need to be reminded about His covenant with us. He knew about our human propensity to be distracted by this world’s lures and pleasures. He know that as His second coming got closer, people would be preoccupied with their lives and would again need to be reminded to “Watch” for they would not know what hour Jesus would come upon them.
Some of us living today may see the Second Coming, but for others there is a day when they will hear the words, “This night thy soul shall be required of thee” (Luke 12:20). What would God have you remember today? Will it be our wins and trophies? Will it be the how much money we have, or the house we live in? Remember this.., are you listening? The only thing you will take from this Earth with you is your remembrances, your experiences, and those with whom you have shared Christ.
Words to Think About…
<>–THE PROMISES OF GOD…–<>
“Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pledged before Him with this reasonable request: Do as Thou hast said.” – Charles H. Spurgeon.”
“If you were to spend a month feeding on the precious promises of God, you would not be going about with your heads hanging down like bulrushes, complaining how poor you are; but you would lift up your heads with confidence, and proclaim the riches of His grace because you could not help it.” – Dwight L. Moody
<>–ROSES IN DECEMBER–<>
“God gave us memories so we would have roses in December.” – James M. Barrie,
<>–THE MEMORY OF JOHN NEWTON–<>
It was the remark of John Newton, (Writer of the hymn, Amazing Grace), when his memory had almost completely gone, that he could never forget two things: 1. That he was a great sinner; 2. That Jesus Christ was a great and mighty Savior.
“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.” – Psalm 25:7