"Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,' calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."
My son and I had a very interesting conversation about verse 9 today, and about doubts and questions.
And I was reminded of the passage again as I prayed with a very dear friend this evening who is going into surgery tomorrow.
What is it 'to remember?'
Remembering the former things. Remembering the things God has done. Remembering those times when there was no other explanation but Him. Remembering the miracles. Remembering the burning bush, the parting sea, the saturated altar that burst into flames. Remembering the walk on water, the brother raised from the dead, the healing, the loaves and fishes. Remembering the servant, the lashes, the crown of thorns, the cross.
And, hallelujah, remembering the empty tomb, the nail-scarred hands, the glorious ascension, the promise.
A sure way to combat doubt or fear or apathy is to remember.
To remember the former things.
To remember that He is God and there is no other.
To remember that His Word is law.
To remember that He has a plan and a purpose.