Okay, New Year’s resolutions have a bad rap. We are a fickle people, and we make a lot of promises and, gulp…don’t keep them. Enter—da dah—the Scriptures, which constantly remind us to… remember.
Remember is used 232 times in the Bible. In summary: God remembers His own and we are called to remember Him and His faithfulness to Himself and us. I know we want to forget much about 2020. It was an unnerving year. This “new” year let us move forward by remembering timeless, “old” things about God.
Here are some consistently helpful biblical basics I, negatively, don’t want to forget, and, positively, I want to constantly recall in 2021:
1. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). God the Father is about maturing-completing my salvation in Christ as we walk by the Holy Spirit and not walk by the flesh (Galatians 5:16-26). He is persistent in hanging on to me and moving me toward the goal of my salvation: to be like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
2. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). There is no greater love than the Father’s. He loved me so much that He commissioned His only Son to take my place on the cross as the once-for-all sacrifice for me. Me! Ten thousand years could not exhaust my understanding and joy about the mystery and depth of His love for me. He “chose us [Me!] in Him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4).
3. “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13). Like a child longing to please their parent, may I daily, hourly live to joyfully please the One who died for me.
4. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33-36). God wants my halting, stuttering worship—and even promises to help me in it (Romans 8:26). This amazes me. This year, may I personally and with gathered saints bow before God expectantly, dependently, joyfully like never before.
How can we remember God, you ask? Psalm 1:2 is key, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
What are the things of God’s Word you resolve to meditate on day and night in 2021?