Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)
I was watching a vid by Bill Johnson recently. One of the points he made was a firm warning:
“Do not keep a record of the things that you’ve prayed for for years without seeing results.”
He went on to say that, when we do this, we create “intellectual offense.” We build a case against God. I would add, it breeds mistrust: It’s difficult to believe and receive from someone who supposedly has not answered us.
Instead, keep a record of what God has done. The Psalms are full of verses that admonish us to remember:
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. …
Make music to praise the LORD, you faithful people who belong to him. Remember his holiness by giving thanks. … Ps 30:4
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. … PS 77:11
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced … Ps 105:5
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. … I remember the days of old. … Ps 143:5
They will announce what they remember of your great goodness, and they will joyfully sing about your righteousness. … Ps 145:7
I think there is one giant reason to remember what God has done: We love Him. I started this post with 1 Cor. 13:5. If we honor, serve others, forgive and keep record of good things when it comes to people, would it not be even more desirable to do so when it comes to God, the One who made and loves us so profoundly!
As we express our love and affection for Him in this way, we open the doors of blessing, not because He has been stingy; but instead, because we are in a much better position to receive from Him.
What have you asked for that has not yet come? Would you lay that thing and the time you have waited down as an offering to God today?