Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Remember God's Work in You

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"Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish" (Deuteronomy 8:19).

God works miracles all the time during the duration of our lives. Yet most of it we forget because we treat it as part of our everyday living. We neglect to realize this is the amazing work of God that covers us every single day.

In our daily life we tend to get busy with daily matters and find ourselves absorbed with solving many little and big problems, work pressure, and rushing between different tasks.

We need to remind ourselves that despite of our busy schedule and life's demand that God is and should be number one in anything we do, in any decision we make, and in any step we take.

Why we need to remember God's work?

  • He is the one who gives us unconditional love.
  • He is the one who redeems our lives from death.
  • He is the one who showers us with His blessings.
  • He is the one who forgives us our sins.
  • He is the one who covers us in our tribulations.
  • He is the one who encourages us to overcome obstacles.

"Remember! Do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord" (Deuteronomy 9:7).

In the Holy Book of Deuteronomy God reminded the Israelites of what He had done for them since He rescued them from the land of Egypt, and how He had led them, fed them, protected them through the wilderness.

The questions are:

  • Do you take God's goodness for granted?
  • Do you remember what God has done for you?
  • Do you thank Him for His blessing?

As Christians we can see the relationship between what had happened in the past with the Israelites and what God does for us every day:


"And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm;" (Deuteronomy 5:15).

When the Israelites cried to the Lord He answered them and He pulled them out of their slavery and delivered them. Many times we are faced with any kind of problem that leads us to stumble, we cry and beg the Lord to help us and to rescue us from it. Then we are recognizing His power and His mighty hand and in that God will come and deliver us.

The Sign of His Acts

"His signs and His acts which He did in the midst of Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to all his land; what He did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and their chariots: how He made the waters of the Red Sea overflow them as they pursued you, and how the Lord has destroyed them to this day; what He did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place;" (Deuteronomy 11:3-5).

The people of Israel had lost hope and they could not see any way out, but in God's own time things turned to their advantage and became clear that the hand of God is working among them.

In the time of distress and almost losing hope, suddenly we see the light of the Lord shining on us and the unsolvable situation becomes solvable and right then we see the hand of God and we glorify Him for His mighty work.

Grooming Them

"And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not" (Deuteronomy 8:2).

When God rescued the Israelites He started to teach them the right way of living which is the godly way. So He gave them commandments to follow and a way to cleanse their sins.

God does not only fix your problem but also works on giving you a new heart, a new attitude, and a new strength to be able to withstand various kinds of tribulations and in order to have a glimpse of the new you and the new life that awaits you in heaven.

Blessing Them

"The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow" (Deuteronomy 28:12).

God promised the Israelites many blessings if they kept His commandments in their heart; blessing that connects with a fruitful life on earth, blessing in their coming and their going, blessing for their enemies to be defeated before them, etc.

God's blessing comes with every task you pass through and each obstacle you conquer, and through that God is leading you so you do not stumble or lose hope.

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you" (John 14:26).

Finally, you can forget the praises of others, the act of kindness you have made for someone, etc. You can also forget the slanders, the spites, sneer,etc. but you need not to forget God's word, what God has done for you, those who are less fortunate, etc. So pray and ask the Holy Spirit to remind you always of God's grace and blessings for you so you can develop a thankful heart that helps you to grow in your spiritual life.

Written by
Nagwa Abdou

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