Remember the place God brought you from
Text: Psalm 103:1-5; Gen. 28:16-22; 32:9-10; 35:1-15
Key Verse: Psalm 103:2, “Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all His benefits.”
The Bible commands God’s people to connect their progress in life to Him. God is the giver and sustainer of life. What you are today is as a result of God’s mercy and not your personal effort “for by strength shall no man prevail.” Therefore, the need to remember what God has done for you in the past and in the present cannot be over-emphasised.
The man Jacob in the Bible is hereby used as an example and a case study of those who remember the place God brought them from. Jacob started life with a stone as his pillow and a staff, when he left his father Isaac. God prospered him greatly that he referred to his family as a multitude of “two companies,” when he returned to his father. He had cattle and servants in great numbers.
He did not allow pride to fill his heart as a result of his wealth. Instead, he stayed humble and thankful to God. He used his wealth to serve God and humanity. Those who look back to their days of little beginning stay humble, simple, loving and forgiving. They don’t use their wealth to fight and molest people. Instead, they assist people of low estate.
The Response Of Those Who Remember The Place God Brought Them From
Critically considering the texts we have looked at for this discourse, we can see that those who remember the place God brought them from do three things.
• They respond to God in holiness and the consecration of their lives and families (Gen. 35:2-4). Jacob consecrated his life and led his family to God. He laid aside everything that was sinful in the eyes of God. Salvation is a free gift from God through Jesus Christ to the world. Jesus can break every yoke of sin and its consequence in your life today. All you need to do is ask Him into your life as your Lord and Saviour.
• They respond to God in worship and sacrifice (Gen. 35:14-15). Jacob worshipped God with his lips and offered sacrifice to God. He worshipped God with his wealth. You are blessed to bless. Using your wealth to further the spread of the gospel to the unreached is key. Giving gifts and assistance to the less privileged in the church and society is considered a sacrifice to God.
• They respond to God by keeping their vows (Gen. 28:18-22). Jacob returned to Bethel, the place where God first met him. He vowed to make God his God, pay the tithe of all that God blessed him with. He kept his vow. Don’t make a vow and forget to fulfil it.
There are many politicians in Nigeria who made promises they never kept during their campaigns. Such politicians are hereby called to repent and deliver on their campaign promises.
Remembering where God brought you from is, therefore, your personal willing response to God in holiness and consecration, worship and sacrifice, as well as keeping your vows and promises in mindful and active acknowledgement of the benefits you have enjoyed from God. Make up your mind now never again to forget to respond to God for all He has done for you.
Rev. Justice Audu Amego,
United Evangelical Church, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt
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