Good morning [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
“And the LORD said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go”, is it written in Exodus 17:5. In this list of instructions that God gave Moses when Israel was facing thirst, I would like to emphasize on one specific aspect: the Lord asked His servant to take with him the rod with which He struck the river. What was the particularity of this rod? It was remembering a previous victory. It was the rod of remembrance!
David recalled the previous victories to comfort Saul and strengthen himself, as he was about to go out to fight Goliath: “But David said to Saul: Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God” (1 Samuel 17:34-36).
In the same way, Jehoshaphat facing the enemy army, reminded God of His previous deeds. “ Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? “, is it written in 2 Chronicles 20:7.
You also Beloved, facing adversity, remember how many times you have experienced divine help and remind the Lord of this. If you are troubled by adversity, remember Psalm 77:11 which declares, “ I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.”
If the magnitude of the situation you’re going through scares you, do as Jeremiah did. Instead of his soul remaining in despondency, he made the decision to recall in his heart what gives him hope: ” Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.!…” (Lamentations 3:20-22). You too, tell yourself that the God who rescued you yesterday has not changed and that He is able to give you the victory you are looking for (Malachi 3:6a). He is faithful! Take your rod of remembrance and walk resolutely towards triumph!
May God bless you !