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God bless you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ whose words were remembered by his apostles (Matthew 26:75; Mark 11:21; Luke 24:8; John 12:16).

I have taught on the importance of remembering God and His Word so many times I couldn’t count them.  Using retemories have been a part of every Messengers For Christ Adventure we ever did.  At one time I could quote 500 verses of scripture including entire chapters like Psalms 23, I Corinthians 13, Ephesians 1 & 3, and Romans 8.  However, the very first occurrence of remember in the KJV has never made the impression on me that has happened recently.  The first use of remember is in Genesis 8:1.

Genesis 8:1:
Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark.  And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.

Does that not astound you?  Of course, if God knows everything, He must remember everything.  But, the first time He mentions remember in His Word He points out that not only did He remember Noah but he remembered “every living thing.”  During the most devastating cataclysm thus far in the history of the world, God still remembered the faithful obedience of Noah and delivered him, his family, and every living creature.

We may forget many things, but God remembers!  He remembered faithful Noah and He also remembers us.  Our love and service is never forgotten.  “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name” (Hebrews 6:10).

Neither does He ever forget a promise.  The first mention of “remember” in the New Testament is found in the testimony of Zacharias:  “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people…to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham” (Luke 1:68, 72-73).  That promise had been made many, many years earlier, but God still remembered (See Exodus 2:24).

God remembers because He listens:  Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive (Genesis 30:22 NIV).  God even remembers the sparrows (Luke12:6).  So, He certainly remembers His own children even though He knows we are not perfect:  “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalms 103:14).

Even after the children of Israel had forsaken him going deeply into idolatry, He could still say, “I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness” Jeremiah 2:2).

Of course, we should always be so thankful for what He doesn’t remember.  He chooses not to remember our sinful past.  “And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).  So, God chooses what He remembers and so should we.  Tomorrow, there will be more on the importance of remembering the right stuff.