The Value of Remembering God’s Faithfulness
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Church of the Open Door is now approaching its eighty-first year of ministering in northeast Philadelphia and its suburbs. The church founder, Dr. Merril T. MacPherson, took a strong biblical stand against the direction of their presbytery, which caused the governing presbytery, on June 10, 1936, to lock the congregation out of the church building. Yet, God was faithful as Church of the Open Door began its ministry of faithful preaching, biblical-centered music, Gospel-centered fellowship, and the sending of Bible-preaching missionaries throughout all these years. We, the current members of this congregation, must never forget the importance of standing on the conviction of the Scriptures, depending on Christ, and spreading the truth of the Gospel.
The importance and value of remembering God’s faithfulness was also necessary during the time when Israel was poised to enter into the Promised Land. As Moses reminded them, “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows you’re going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing” (). As a result, a key phrase repeated over 100 times in Deuteronomy is, “be careful to do” lest you forget what the Lord has done and commanded.
Therefore, this passage is extremely helpful for keeping us mindful of the goodness and faithfulness of God as we face each challenge and distraction in life.
What to learn:
I. Human preoccupation is destructive –
II. God’s provision is dependable –
III. Human prosperity can be dangerous –
What to practice:
1. The presence of Christ in the midst of plenty or little
2. The preparation of growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord
3. The protection against the allurements of this culture
7 For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”’
11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’
18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
19 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. 20 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.