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Reminders

Job 40:1-5

And the Lord said to Job:

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

Anyone who argues with God must respond.”

Job’s Response to God

Then Job answered the Lord:

“See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?

I lay my hand on my mouth.

I have spoken once, and I will not answer;

twice, but will proceed no further.”

John 14:25-26

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

Once upon a time there were no smartphones. It’s hard to imagine, I know. There was no such thing as Facebook or Twitter. In fact, if you did not work in a major corporation you did not even have email, and most homes did not have internet access at all. Many homes did not even have computers. It was almost like the Dark Ages), although we did not know it at the time.

In a world without Siri, Alexa, Cortana, or any of the other digital personal assistants, how did we keep track of our schedules and know when and where to be? In school, Some of us were given organizer/calendar books to write in and carry everywhere. Some of us used big paper calendars on the fridge or in our lockers. People like me who were exceptionally disorganized wrote on our hands the most immediate, importent things to remember. The whole world could see what was important to me if they bothered to look close enough. No password hacking was required.

In Biblical times people had to rely on their memory, which was certainly better than mine, to help them get through each day. However, they also relied on the Holy Spirit to help them remember as well. Those who walked with Jesus had three years worth of teaching to try to hold onto for the rest of their lives. That is a lot of learning and experience, and it was all valuable.

Valuable is not the same as pleasant though. Some of those reminders humble us. Peter was forgiven but did not forget his denial of Jesus. I’m sure those Spirit-led moments of remembrance kept him humble when he faced betrayals himself. The disciples all remembered their weakness and in that memory remembered God’s strength that carried them through.

Job got a reminder as well. God invited his criticism, but Job had just been reminded of all God does on a daily basis. He was in no position to complain. the Holy Spirit brought him between a rock and a hard place to force his head up to see God for all He is, not just the aspects that were pleasant or convenient.

What is the Holy Spirit reminding you about today?

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