Remembering God

W. Terry Varner
February 14, 2016

So many people today claim to have neither belief nor feelings for God. This is sad. People live long lives on earth and God has not been a part of them—He has been forgotten. To fail to remember God is to fail to serve God. Some day it will be too late. One of more popular excuses often heard for failing to remember God is “I intend to if I ever can just get around to it.” Yet, all of us will die and be thrust into eternity to meet God (Heb. 9:27).

What we fail to comprehend is that life is to be handled seriously and the Bible accepted for what it states. The Bible states with great clarity, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).

WHY we need to remember God. There are many overwhelming reasons that each need to remember God. (1) We are the crown or apex of His creation (Gen. 1:26-27). Of things created nothing was created by God like mankind. (2) We are created to serve/glorify God. “All things are created by him, and for him” (Col. 1:16). “For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11). (3) God sustains us by providing those physical/material things necessary for life, and as well as, the spiritual things of life without which we cannot spend eternity with God (Matt. 6:24-34). (4) Man’s sins “have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear” (Isa. 59:2). Man’s breach with God, because of our sins, has been spanned by Jesus (John 14:6; Eph. 2:8-22).

Things involved in remembering God.

We think of Him. In order to “remember God” and enjoy heaven to come, we must “think of Him” to motivate our obedience within. The teaching must be correct and the obedience must be consistent. The inner aspect of obedience is important so that our obedience comes from within the heart/mind. This results from daily meditation on God’s goodness, mercy, love, etc. “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 24:34).

We acknowledge His goodness. There is no way man can exhaust God’s goodness. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Ps. 100:4). “Or despise you the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4, emp. added). A sad twist to God’s goodness is that so many of us accept God’s goodness for our consumption, but not for our consideration.

We study His word, When we are serious about a matter we study it. I have watched employers study their work manual with great intensity, yet seldom study the Bible. Students in school give time to study. We spend hours studying and knowing better our hobbies. We study about marriage, investing, sports, etc. BUT, Christians should be serious students of God’s word. It is required to be approved of God (2 Tim. 2:15). There is no way to remember God without serious study.