Does an elephant ever forget? No one knows. But they do have exceptional memories when it comes to finding places, and they can pass that knowledge down to their offspring. Even if it’s a great distance away, they can find things without a maps app.
Well, I’m no elephant, and I always forget things. I’m guessing you’re in the same boat. We forget our keys, where we are going, people’s names, and what someone said two minutes ago.
In all the forgetting we do in life, it’s paramount that we remember what God does. It gives us hope that he will do it again.
Here are four things to remember about God.
God chose you, and you are his.
The Bible says, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Have you ever seen a group of people at the zoo or Disneyland, and they’re all wearing the same shirt? It might even have the family name or a slogan on it. That’s kind of what happens when you come to know Jesus. Except your shirt would be cool, and it would say something like: Chosen by God, Out of Darkness, or God’s Special Person. And you’re never embarrassed to wear it.
God is the only one who can save.
Have you ever thought if you try harder, God will love you more, and maybe he will let you into heaven? So many people feel that way. But it’s not God’s way.
The Bible says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Do you know what that means? It means you can’t save yourself. Only God can do that.
“He has saved you and called you to a holy life—not because of anything you have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:9-10)
God’s purpose is the one that wins.
Raise your hand if your life has turned out exactly as you planned. I didn’t think so.
The Bible says, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21)
You should never forget that “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11) Ask for his purpose to be fulfilled in your life.
God is the one who makes things grow.
If we’re not careful, we can try and one-up each other and take the credit when we don’t really deserve it. God does.
The Bible says, “Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:7-9)
As we serve God, let’s always remember that he’s the only one who can bring fruit out of our service to him. So, let’s give Him the glory and not ourselves.