There is a verse in Isaiah 62:6-7 (AMPC) I love. It says the following, “I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth.”
The reason I am keen on these verses is that they tell us to put the Lord in remembrance of His promises. Another passage says, “Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right” (Isaiah 43:26 ESV). It’s not that God has forgotten His promises. It’s when we remind God of His promises, we’re telling Him we believe them and expect Him to bring them to pass. For those of you who have children, I’m sure there are many times you’ve made promises to them, such as going to the store for an ice cream cone or a trip to the park. If you didn’t follow through on your promise, they were right there to remind you. God wants us to do the same thing.
Our God is a covenant-making and a covenant-keeping God. “I will not violate My covenant, nor will I alter even one word of what My lips have spoken (Psalm 89:34 VOICE.). “Remember Your word to Your servant, upon which You have given me hope (Psalm 119:49 BSB). Moses told the Israelites to remember how God had led them through the wilderness. “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” (Deuteronomy 8:2 NIVUK). At the Last Supper, when Jesus took the bread and the cup, He told His disciples they were doing it in remembrance of Him (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NIV).
Nehemiah received word the walls of Jerusalem were lying in ruins. He reminded God of His promises. “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’” (Nehemiah 1:8-9 NIV).
When you are standing on a promise of God for a situation in your life, whether it be physical, social, financial, relational, or the salvation of your children, and waiting for the answer, remind God of His great and precious promises. “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires” (2 Peter 1:4 NLT). Remind God of His promises - not because He forgets them, but because it will bring you into a closer relationship with Him.
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