What Can You Remind God Of?
“Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.” – Isaiah 38:3 NLT
Isaiah told King Hezekiah that he was going to die. Upon hearing this, Hezekiah went before the Lord and prayed the prayer in the above verse. Hezekiah knew he had a basis to petition God to review the decision regarding his imminent death. He knew the word of the Lord was final; but he also knew that the Lord was merciful and fair. Of course, God does not need to be reminded of what He knows already. However, I believe that what God knows already can be a proper basis or grounds for a petition for God to exercise His discretion in one’s favour.
That is exactly what Hezekiah did. He reminded God that he (Hezekiah) had lived a faithful life. He had been loyal to God and lived in truth. He served God solely and did everything that pleased God. These are everyday things that we are required to do as Christians. We are to served God and only God, faithfully and do what pleases Him. Doing what pleases God is doing the will of God and fulfilling your purpose on this earth. What pleases God is spelt our clearly in His word – the Bible.
Doing what pleases God in modern times may be challenging especially with all the distractions around us. But that is no excuse to go contrary to the word of God. That is why we have the sweet Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sent to us as a Helper in these times. You may look at it this way: if you want to have valid grounds to petition God to exercise His discretion in your favour, then you have to do what pleases God and be faithful to Him. So before you break down and cry to God, ponder over this question: what can I remind God of? May God grant us grace always. Amen.