“Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people — where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them?” — Isaiah 63:11 (NIV)
This verse marks not just a key thought in the book of Isaiah, but it marks a key thought within all of Scripture. Isaiah said in the verse above, “Then his people recalled the days of old” and then Isaiah referred to the act of deliverance in Exodus and the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver and set free. Moses, throughout the first five books of the Bible, directed and warned the children of God to remember the mighty acts of God’s deliverance. He went even further and told them what would happen if they forgot His acts of grace. Moses said that if they forgot God’s mighty works, they would soon take credit for the works themselves, that they would forget the truth about their beginnings and then turn to other gods. This is why the Lord created festivals and holy days for the them to live through annually. In these feasts God wanted them to relive and remember His mighty acts of deliverance. Moses said to them, “And when that happens the Lord will remove you from this land He gave you and will make you live as captives in a foreign land.” And this is exactly where we find the children of Israel in Isaiah’s time. They had forgotten God’s works and therefore had forgotten God. Now they were being delivered into the hands of a foreign king.
Do we end on this negative note? No! In their desperation the children of Israel remembered the Lord’s mighty works. They repented of their ignorance and forgetfulness and turned back to their Deliverer. Has it been awhile since you stopped your busy life to recall and remember the many times that the Lord has worked powerfully in your life? Are you feeling pretty comfortable that you have everything in control? Be warned — it could soon begin to fall. We must always be certain that we are where we are because of God’s grace and providence. We must continually remember His works in our lives so that He gets the honor and so that we know who to turn to in our time of need.
Find some time today to remember the ways God has touched your life. Every day remember the significant place the Lord has in your life.