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Redemptive History, Reliable Context

August 14, 2012

Yesterday we met a fascinating man who told us that his earliest memory was of being a “peanut boy.” At an age so young that it startled me, he sold peanuts on the streets of a major city to help provide for his family. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to hear the rest of that life story. Knowing his history would help me hear him more accurately in this current chapter of his life.

Hearing the past brings rich context to the present. That’s what happened again this morning, too.

Reading the review of redemptive history from Nehemiah 9 gave me reinforcing context for this day. In the middle of the culminating celebration of a great work project, the people of God got context by hearing a recounting of their history, a recitation of His faithfulness:

               Blessed be Your glorious name … You alone are the Lord …

               You made [everything]

               You give life to everything


I started circling the “Yous.”

               You chose

               You named

               You found


What an amazing reminiscence! The God-focus of their story makes it beautiful. His presence, His power, His purposes are center stage. Their history is about Him.

               You made a covenant

               You kept Your promise

               You saw the suffering

               You sent


In the retelling, they were remembering specific times and places and people, unforgettable accounts of God overtly acting in their behalf.

               You knew

               You led

               You came down


And I realized once again: He is still the same forgiving, gracious, and compassionate God, “slow to anger and abounding in love”!

               You made known

               You fed

               You satisfied the thirsty


Seeing God at the center of their story is a trumpeted call to us in our far removed generations: Come to Him for rest. Count on Him for rescue. Crave Him for satisfaction. Cling to Him for security.

                You did not abandon

               You did not cease to guide

               You did not withold

               You sustained


We will be strengthened if we take some time to recount our own redemptive history, remembering specific times and places and people, unforgettable accounts of God overtly acting on our behalf.

Remembering the past brings rich context to our present. What’s your story?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Shirley Lawing permalink
    August 14, 2012 3:35 pm

    Hey Becky!! GREAT blog!! I enjoyed your writing! I felt “at home”! I hope to see you soon!! shirley

    • August 14, 2012 5:17 pm

      So glad that you dropped by, Shirley!So glad that we are on this homeward journey together!

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