idea bulb over clay cartoon“I’ve got an idea!”

I’m sure you had this kind of epiphany.  You’ve thought about a problem—maybe even to the point of obsession—and suddenly it hits you.  Like a lightning bolt from the sky, a solution pops into your head and you experience that magical “ah-ha moment.”  It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?

But just as great as the feeling from a solution to a vexing problem is the solution to a time of trouble in your life.   And Psalm 77:10-12 gives us the moment of discovery from a fellow worshipper of God.

Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

Remembering what God has done in the past is an age-old practice for stirring up our faith in the present.  We forget…that’s why we have to remember.  However, when we survey the historical landscape of God’s faithfulness we notice the same truth observed and experienced by believers down through the millennia, “…I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Psalm 37:25b).

God does not take you to valleys to leave you there.  As I once heard a preacher say, “He doesn’t take you to it if He doesn’t mean to take you through it!”  Amen!  There’s such great hope for our future when we seek the Lord with all our heart and remember His past deeds.  Discerning His character and seeing His guidance through the past helps remind us how our unchanging Lord still acts today.

Like the Psalmist of this hymn to God, may we “consider all” the Lord’s illustrations of His love.  There comes a time when we must put an end to our pity party and remember.  Remember Who He is.  Remember what He has done.  Remember what He does.  Remember who we are in Him.  Remember…Him!

So dear brother or sister in Christ, I have an idea to our problems!   Remember Him!