Memory is a big business these days. All sorts of remedies, from vitamins, to board games, to college-level courses are available to help people retain more of the information they absorb.

As we grow older, our memories do tend to fade. Some of us call this syndrome, “Old-timers” or “Some-timers.” The mind that was so quick and sharp in our twenties and thirties suddenly takes a little while to get going.

One area where we could all use help is with our spiritual memories. It seems we are selective when it comes to recalling the many times where God has provided for our needs. The disciples had a really short memory. Jesus had just recently fed the 5,000, and yet they fretted about the people in front of them who needed to be fed. In fact, this crowd was smaller.

This was a test of the disciples’ faith, and they failed. But so do we. So often we look only at our current set of trials and conclude, “It’s impossible.” We forget all the times He miraculously got us through. Jesus wants us to look at life through a Heavenly perspective. Our earthly minds can’t fathom how God can get us through a situation—how He’ll provide—but He always has a way.

I once heard it said, “If Jesus can provide salvation in Heaven, He can provide us with a hamburger.” In this case, it was a fish sandwich for everyone.

Ask the Lord today to help you remember His past blessings, which will build your faith in your present circumstances.

Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder