Another point of applying this art is to spend time remembering the works of God throughout history. This point of application is one of the reasons that I chose to do PhD work in the field of Church History. I did not want merely an academic exercise, but a course of study that would build me spiritually. (Please lay aside the circuitous route that I have taken since enrolling in that program). For some this would be called providential history – not necessarily a bad thing.
What do you do when you read the biblical narratives? Do you just think of them as nice stories, or do walk away remembering God? Thanking him for what he accomplished in the lives of our biblical heroes? Praising him? Confessing and repenting to him? Trusting and serving him?
Spend some time discovering those who have walked on the mountain tops in history. Their stories can also stir us to remember God. I have already spent one blog on my favorite hero, Ulrich Zwingli. I also love reading of the early church fathers, the reformers and so many others. Dr. Thom Nettles made these men come alive in church history classes. Dr. Marvin Anderson, my PhD supervisor, took me deeper into the lives of some of the reformers. I will always be grateful to these two men for their role in bringing historical figures to life for me.
In future installments, we will focus on refining the art of remembering by discussing some interpersonal applications that will help us rekindle flickering love relations. We will also try to refine a proper view of forgiveness. Also, we will look at the valleys that seem so far away from the mountain tops.