Lifting the door to our storage unit, I looked at Wagner and the amount of boxes that we had to open and peek through to find that one thing that was important for a project we were working on or that other thing that helped us get on with daily life. It was a hassle to pick up boxes and move them to new spots, but we ushered forward knowing that the need was greater than the perceived hurdle.
We would open quite a few wrong boxes before we finally would hit that jack pot of a box that contained what we needed. This back-bending, tape ripping, box cutting process led us to some boxes that held precious memories like our wedding album, cards and notes that we packed from people wishing us well and some decorative pieces from our old place.
At certain boxes Wagner and I would linger just a little bit longer to somewhat relive the moments represented by the contents inside. We would ask each other, “Remember this?” Which would lead both he and I to share stories that brought us to tears from laughing so hard or bring to mind a collection of times when friends came over and we celebrated some event or just hung out with family around our table.
Through pictures, memorabilia, invitations, cards, videos, and trinkets we can recall to memory some of our most treasured past times. As Wagner and I shuffled through some of those boxes, my heart exploded with such joy and love for the people who have influenced my life and his life and continue to do so with such great faithfulness.
And oddly, but not oddly enough, in my Bible reading, the book of Isaiah is the one I currently am studying through and this idea of remembering is a constant theme of the chapters. However, I find that it isn’t a concept so easily mastered. In fact, I often find myself in the practice of forgetting who I am and what my state is and not remembering who He is and what He has done. So I look back at Scripture, because I need to remember this. Apparently, so did the Israelites. Isaiah 46:8-13 says this:
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it. “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.”
Isaiah’s writing is mainly directed toward the Israelite’s and how the nation would be redeemed by God from its varying oppressors. Chapter 46, however, deals with Isaiah calling out the destruction of idols that so many nations, including the Israelites, bowed themselves down to and offered sacrifices to as an act of worship, as a pledge of their allegiance and hope.
It is no secret that the Israelites were just plain stubborn and generally followed the status quo rather than obeying what was commanded. History alone proves it. But yet here we are at another chapter that is dedicated to patiently stating that only the one true God is deserving of worship. It isn’t that the Lord hadn’t already “proved” it, it’s because Israel kept forgetting who God is and what He had already done. It is only through the one true God that a glorious purpose could be carried out through such a rebellious, transgressive people. But this passage has less to do with the Israelites and more to do with the faithfulness and unfailing promises that God has displayed and continues to bring to pass and fulfill.
This passage was so easy for me to look at and mock because of the ridiculousness of their worship. I mean, golden gods. Come on. But it isn’t so ridiculous when I look at my own life and see what I pledge my allegiance to. Like all the things that I prioritize above praying and reading my Bible? That is why I need to recall and remember that He is the only true God. That is why Isaiah states over and over again to remember this. It isn’t just a kind suggestion. It is a warning. It is a safe guard. Remember this and stand firm, He is God and there is no other. In a world full of leniency and lack of reality, this is by no means a time to take lightly your soul. Care for it. Just as you care for your body so your soul should be properly fed on a never-ending remembrance of His glory, His promises, His goodness.
I am thankful for God’s Word. Plain and simple. I am thankful that He showers His character across each page as He displays His righteousness, holiness, grace, power, majesty, might, justice, and love. I don’t have to question His patience. I can’t argue His care. Because there is none like him. There is no other god like Him. He speaks and dust raises to life. He purposed that salvation would be brought to the world through His Son and He brought it to pass. He is the beginning and the end.
Remember this. Recall it to your mind. Remember and listen to Him.
Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that bring about some of the greatest life lessons. For me it only took a couple of cardboard boxes, tape, and a storage unit, to show me how easy it can be to remember something if I have it continually before my eyes and consistently search for it.