This morning while I was on my knees, I found myself singing the song, "Yes and Amen". Looking back on my own life I must honestly say that God has always been and continues to be faithful, even when I have been straining desperately to catch a glimpse of Him in the storm and He has been faithful even when I have not.
It can be hard, very hard, to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and remembering the faithfulness of God when you are in the middle of a storm. It can be hard to remember God's past faithfulness in the past when you are in this present storm. This is why I believe it is so important to set up some sort of "marker of remembrance" that we can look back upon.
What do I mean by "marker of remembrance"? In the Old Testament, God, at various times told people to set up stones as a remembrance of what had occurred at a certain time in a certain place. Some examples of this was when Jacob had wrestled with the Angel of the Lord or when the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land. When people looked at these stones or markers, they recalled the event.
While we might not set up physical stones, we can still set up "markers" or reminders of what God has done. One way we do that is by sharing with others what God has done in our lives. We can give our testimony orally of course and that is important for the more we tell it, the more it is driven into our memory. However, I think an even better way is to write it down. That's one of the reasons why I blog. It is not to merely share my testimony of God at work in my life, it is also so that I do not forget. Many times, when I am going through a tough time, my own words will come back at me, reminding God of my faithfulness.
Another thing I find helpful is to read the testimonies of others. How I love to read or hear about what God is doing in the life of someone else. I love to hear stories about God and His people, not just from the Bible but stories from the here and now.
For those who are struggling at the moment, read and listen to the stories of God's faithfulness. Remember that God never changes and what He has done in the past, He can and will continue to do. Remember God is ever faithful and all of His promises are yes and amen.