“remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,”
It is important to remember all that God “is”, what He has done and to know that there is none like Him. The context of this verse shows Israel going after the gods of this world and after idol worship. God calls on them to consider the history of His relationship with them. This illustrates that faith has objective reference and is a response to revelation, the truth about God declared by Himself.
Why don’t you take a moment to remember God’s extraordinary work in your life and especially the time when He revealed Himself to you, leading to your salvation. The moment He opened your eyes to know and see that Jesus Christ is Lord. Not only that, but start from the beginning, from the ancient of days. All the acts that are done by our Lord from history past, showcasing His power, wisdom, goodness, His wrath, His mercy, the creation of the heavens and the earth, the destruction of the old world and of Sodom and Gomorrah. The bringing out of Israel out of Egypt through the Red Sea and His leading through the wilderness, bringing them into Canaan the promised land and all the wondrous things done for them along the way. Then, we remember the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, the cleansing of our sin and adoption into His family and the outpouring of His Holy Spirit into your life. Oh, what a wonderful and awesome God we worship. Blessed be His Name!
Friends, remember the former things of old and know whom you worship. I don’t mean remembering your past sins and issues as mentioned in Philippians 3:13-14, but remember the works of our God. Our God is not like the God’s of Babylon, made of silver and Gold, but He is living and powerful, reigning and ruling over all. Do not return to your Babylon. What are some of the idols in your life that you need to get rid off? What are the things in this world or in the Babylon around you that is gaining your attention? Are these idols money, the pleasures of this world, lust, greed, addiction or anything else that does not glorify God? They are worthless compared to the living God.
Don’t let your guard down, but remember the former things of old. Not just His wondrous work of deliverance, but also His judgment on wickedness. Deuteronomy 8:19-20 says “And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.”
So when you forget the former things of what God has done in your life, and when you return to the things of this world, there will be discipline from the Lord. Secondly, when you fail to remember the wondrous works of the Lord, the consequence is that you fail to perceive God’s wisdom and His revelations. Matthew 16:9-10 says “Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Friends, when you forget the wondrous works of God Almighty, there is a gradual turning away to the idols of this world. Not only that, but you will fail to perceive the revelations of God in your life and fail to understand His counsel that lead you in the ways you should go. So, remember His works, do not forget all His benefits and seek His will.
In closing, let us finish with Psalm 77:11-15 “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.”