He’s never failed me yet.
As I have been listening to the new CeCe Winans album, “Let Them Fall In Love,” the first song keeps this phrase circulating in my mind. What that phrase reminds me of is how forgetful we are as people. We forget so quickly the great things that the LORD has done in our past. Our own testimonies begin to seem like faded pictures in an old yearbook. We lose connection with how real God has been in our lives and what he has truly delivered us from.
See, as we distance ourselves from the old us (or as I like to call it, the B.C. – “before Christ” – days), we begin to distance ourselves from the power of God that saved us and transformed us from the wretches we were. This is a common theme in human history…forgetfulness.
Reading the book of Deuteronomy – which, by the way, means “the second giving of the law” – is like a re-run of the books of Genesis through Numbers. And the modern reader starts to think…”Why do I have to re-read all of the stuff I just read?” The reason is because of the forgetful nature of human beings. The Lord knew that the children of Israel would get into their promised land and begin to fight battles. When they did, they would start to doubt whether the Lord would deliver them from their enemies. This is why so much of the Old Testament is a recap of days gone by. The Lord wanted to make sure that the people remembered where God had brought them from.
God wants us to do the same thing. He desires us to stay connected to our salvation story. He wants us to remember, not just how terrible we were, but how great His grace is that transformed us and called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
There is a reason for this.
If you say in your heart, “These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?” you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the LORD your God did to Pharoah and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So will the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. – Deut 7:17-19
When we lose track of the power of God and how he has worked in our lives in the past, we begin to doubt that He is willing or able to help us overcome current trials. Revelation 12:11 tells us that the way we overcome the enemy is by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. That word of our testimony that is only possible by the saving power of the blood of the Lamb is a reminder of how great the God of our salvation is! If we trust him with things so miraculous as: our eternal salvation through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, our heart transformation through the inner working of the Holy Spirit living within us, adoption into the family of God so that one day we will live forever in his presence — Why would we not trust him to be able to handle whatever issue we are facing now?!
God calls us to remember. As humans, we need to be reminded more than we need to be taught. God calls you to remember who He is and what He has already done in your life. This is how you are going to overcome the great issues that you are facing. Remembering the God of your salvation will keep you in touch with the power of the Living God as he strengthens your faith. He is the one who fights for you. Then you can proclaim in the face of the struggles that have you doubting your Lord, “He’s never failed me yet!”