So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors–stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God. ~Psalm 78:7-8
For whatever reason, human memories are short. God may have moved mightily in our lives, yet we forget His power and faithfulness the next time we come to a place of suffering or hardship.
Psalm 78 recounts God’s mighty miracles when rescuing the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The plagues, parting the Red Sea, manna, quail, bringing water from a rock. God is supernaturally amazing. The Israelites SAW evidence of this, and yet they still argued, complained, and were disobedient. They lost faith despite what they had seen. They forgot to remember.
The key to today’s faith is remembering God’s past faithfulness. Whenever I have a doubt creep into my mind about God–whether He exists, whether He cares, whether He is good–all I have to do is to think back to the times when I’ve seen God move in my own life. Things that were orchestrated in such a way that they can only point to a divine influence. Remembering those times reaffirms my faith that God will do the same in my future.