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Rehearsing, Remembering, Rejoicing in What God has Done!
As Christians--it's important that we take the time to rehearse the work of the Lord in our lives.
While the Lord taught the Israelites He was their God after releasing them from captivity in Egypt, He instructed them to set up memorial stones--lest they forget. Through the generations, God's followers rehearsed how He had delivered, judged, defended, provided, enabled, sustained, supported, redeemed, etc. (Read Ps. 105)
Likewise, today we find ourselves with many distractions that can perhaps tempt us to lose focus on the blessings today. It boils down that we need to stop often to rehearse, remember and rejoice in what God has done. In remembering the works of God Who of yesterday, today and forever remains ever true--we will be refreshed and grateful for what He has done.
I was thinking today of April 13, 2012. I was unemployed and had done all I could to pursue work, filled out multiple applications, pounded the pavement for nearly 4 months. That day I remember applying "do the next thing" and waiting on the Lord. That morning I was sitting down to sew a hot pink blazer. My thought--I might not have work, but I'll prepare for it (my warewobe needed a facelift!)! My Dad brought me a phone and said, "Rebekah, maybe this is an interview!" I was so hopeful!
After saying, "Hello"...to my utter shock, the man on the other end of the telephone told me he had found my article on contentment and asked me to be a guest on his radio program that afternoon.
I was not impressed and very skeptical. I was wanting work--the last thing I ever thought about was being on the radio!! I told him I'd think about it and get back with him. I wanted some time to pray, consult with my parents and probe into checking out the radio program.
It's often this way when following the Lord. Our agenda is not what God planned for the our day. Here I was having to apply my very words about being content and they wanted me to talk about it to listeners in Pennsylvania???
Having a need does not keep us from pouring out of it. The Lord instilled in me this was His work! For some reason, He wanted me in my state of learning to be content, to speak about it--despite my natural recoiling from such public experiences.
To this day, i have no idea who might have been listening. I have no idea if anyone was blessed, encouraged, strengthen to be more content. Yet I know that I was personally renewed in contentment through studying for the most nervous 12 minutes I've lived thus far. Many times we are called to serve without knowing why we were. We're simply the Lord's servants.
You can listen to my nasal East Texan discussion about the article I wrote "A Christian's Twelve Practical Principles to the Path of Contentment" here:
Incidentally--the Lord didn't bless me with excellent paying work until November of that year. I had a long stent of doing the next thing. I found myself doing what I could, where I could and learning to be thankful in it. I was seasonal help in a bakery; I did some photography and website work; I cleaned a house. Then the Lord blessed me with a happy, corporate job that lasted until the following November 2013--when I once again had to trust the Lord until March 2014 for employment!! The Lord taught me that a Christian is never unemployed when in His service. I had plenty to do--and all my immediate needs were met. TRUE--I still haven't recovered my savings account to this day!! Yet, I know my God is faithful and His ways are not my ways.
Take a moment and do a little rehearsing yourself. Remember what God has done in the yesterdays...it will strengthen your joy for today and your hope for tomorrow.
I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord !Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth...
He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness...That they might observe His statutes and keep His laws.
Praise the Lord!