“Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars
and who was as strong as the oaks;
I destroyed his fruit above
and his roots beneath.
Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.” Amos 2:9-10 ESV
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Psalm 77:11-15 ESV
Daisy was married to Tom, but before she married Tom she had known a man named Gatsby. Now Daisy was confused. She was seeing a lot of Gatsby, and her husband Tom was very upset. He wanted Daisy to come home to him. Gatsby told Tom that Daisy didn’t love her husband and had never loved him. He said she loved Gatsby instead. Tom asked his wife if it was true that she had never loved him. He reminded her of a some times in their marriage when they had been close and loving. He reminded her of the time they had been together at Kapiolani, and also of the time he had carried her down from the Punch Bowl to keep her shoes dry. When Daisy was reminded of these times, she had to admit that she had loved her husband.
The Lord was speaking through the prophet Amos to show the his people their sins. The people were acting as if the Lord wasn’t their God by disobeying his laws, and God was going to judge them for their sins. But first he reminded them of the love he had shown them in the past. He reminded them of how he had driven other people like the Amorites out of the promised land so that they could live there. Before that he had set them free from slavery in Egypt and led them safely through the wilderness for forty years. God wanted the people to remember the ways he had been with them and helped them in the past, and for them to remember his love and faithfulness to them.
The greatest act of God’s faithfulness was when he sent the promised Savior to us. We had turned away from God because of our sins, but God loves us and he wanted us to come back to him. So he sent Jesus to show his love for us. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and to bring us back to God. Jesus died and then he rose again from the dead to defeat the power of sin and death. When we start to walk away from God, he speaks to us through his Word to remind us of what he has done for us. He send us his Holy Spirit to remind us of his faithfulness and love, and to keep us close to him now and always.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and faithfulness. Help us to always remember. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925.