From Exodus 17:8-14.

I recall a marriage counselor telling an audience about a father who left his family too soon. He died in a car accident. Later, when his wife felt strong enough to go through his belongings, she found a journal. There wasn’t much written in it, but on one page her husband listed what was most important to him – his life priorities.

How wise for him to write down what he valued most, and what a blessing to find the young father's journal. That list, the counselor said, became the very principles and creed by which his family would live for the rest of their lives.

Shortly after their escape from Egypt, the Israelites were attacked in the Sinai desert. After their victory over the Amalekites, God told Moses to, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered..." (Exod 17:14; TNIV). This is the first time in the Bible we see anyone writing official records of events, and God wanted his people to remember this one.

What did God want them to remember from this? We find several important lessons here:

* Be always prepared for opposition along God’s path.
* God hears our prayers and it he who wins our victories.
* Moses’ prayer was mightier than Joshua’s sword.
* Despite the struggles, God will guide his people to their destination if they but trust him and follow his course.

We learn these lessons from the story only because Moses, in response to God’s command, obediently wrote "this on a scroll as something to be remembered."

What lessons are you leaving for others? What stories do you hold that should be written and remembered? What principles and priorities should you write down to help build strong, rewarding lives?

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long" (Psalm 25:5; TNIV).

"I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds" (Psalm 77:11-12; TNIV).

From my blog: Write Down These Words, devotionals for Christian writers.  

September 24, 2013

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