A memory works both ways – we can look back and reflect on the past, but having faith is a memory that works forwards. We are shaped by the memory of what God has promised, and what God has promised is as good as done.
Deuteronomy 6:21 says that when our children ask us about the laws that God has commanded, we should tell them, “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” These stories of faith didn’t just happen to our ancestors, they happened to us. We are a part of them, and they are a part of us.
We aren’t just sitting and listening to a story of something that has passed – the story is about what God did for us and his promises of the future. The Word is both rehearsing what has happened but also embracing the future. That is how we can ‘remember’ things before they happen. We may not know how exactly our lives will turn out, but we do know what God has planned for those who love him.
Game Plan: It’s a thought-provoking quote, but the message is this: our faith allows us to know the future because of the promises that God has made – that nothing can separate us from his love and that he will deliver us just as he delivered us from Egypt. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall never die but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Quote source: Through the Looking Glass