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The people rebel against God.  That results in them being overtaken and oppressed.  God in His mercy raises up a judge which causes the people the turn from their rebellion and repent.  God forgives.  The people again rebel against God…

This is the cycle of the book of Judges.

But why?

Why would these people, whom God has delivered out from underneath the foot of slavery, rebel against Him?  Why would they turn to other god’s? Why would they doubt?

Have you ever been blessed by God?

Have you ever seen God work a miracle in your life?

I have.

But too often we soon forget.  We soon move on with our lives and the business involved with it all.

We may remember the moment that the blessing came or the miracle that happened, but we can tend to move on.  And when we move on, when we don’t pause to reflect and to give thanks, it is easy to live as though it never happened.

We meet many amazing people in the book of Judges:  Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson and many others.  Their lives and their stories are amazing and a must read. But what we learn from Judges is to Remember.

Remember the goodness of our God.

Remember His many blessings of our life.

Remember all the miracles.

Remember all moments in which God made a way where there seemed to be no way.

Remembering matters because remembering keeps our faith fresh.  It keeps our faith alive.

Judges 2:11-13 & 18

The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal. They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord.  They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth.

Whenever the Lord raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who were burdened by oppression and suffering.

Let these words from Judges be a lesson to us today.

Let us not soon forget what God has done.

Because when we remember, it keeps our faith alive and fresh.