People love to be remembered especially for their great achievements… How beautiful it is to hear someone recommending us for an opportunity, based on our past record which is fully alive in their memories? What about when one keeps referring to our good records during an argument? We love precious memories. No wonder we are keen on our birthdays and beautiful anniversaries. Mementos are a darling of everyone. Have you heard of the ‘Book of Remembrance?’ This is going to be our first book of the series. So what does the book of Remembrance entail?
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. -KJV Malachi 3:16
It is a wonderful thought to realize that God is keen to remember any good effort put forward by His children. So in the book of Remembrance, all the good deeds of those who fear the Lord are safely kept in the ledgers of Heaven. Any effort aimed to relieve human suffering, any effort meant to comfort the grieving, any act of faith in God’s Word, are safely recorded in the book of Remembrance and we must meet them soon.
Nehemiah in reference to this book said, “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.” KJV Nehemiah 13:14
Even the pains that we have sustained in the effort to be nice human beings are safely kept. The inconveniences we’ve incurred as we continue with efforts to let God be God is forever accounted for us. The bitter tears of every soul suffering for the sake of righteousness, is safely kept, for tears is language that God understands. As the psalmist says, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? KJV Psalms 56:8.
So to make it clearly and direct:
In the book of God’s remembrance every deed of righteousness is immortalized. There every temptation resisted, every evil overcome, every word of tender pity expressed, is faithfully chronicled. And every act of sacrifice, every suffering and sorrow endured for Christ’s sake, is recorded.– Christ In His Sanctuary 117.2
I’m especially interested in the records of temptations resisted. The world in which we live is morally volatile. Everywhere, online and offline, we see sights that dazzle, and hear tempting sounds. While some invite and fall headlong into the tempting situations, some are willing to bear the inconveniences of being faithful. Like Job, they fear God and eschew evil and come what may, their principle is clear: though he slay me, yet I will trust Him. Like Joseph, when confronted with opportunities to make a decision against God, and to betray a Sacred Trust, they ask a question; “How can I do this and sin against God?” Their concern is not if someone will catch them in the act, but the Glory of God. The glory of God is more important to them than their daily bread. They prefer death, stake, gibbet or anathema to a snippet of dishonor upon the Redeemer.
While the inhumanity of man towards man is on another level, God recognises our little efforts to make a difference in this field less flooded. A glass of water generously served, a single leaflet faithfully distributed, a meagre table of hospitality hospitably set, does not go unrecognised by the King of the Universe. What can be more beautiful than to realize that a just and a Holy God is cognizant of our simple acts of love and kindness? With this in mind, we have a reason to spend a thoughtful hour at the end of each day to simply reflect on a good word spoken in season, an act of kindness done to another soul et cetera. How does your record stand in the Book of Remembrance?