My husband gave me an Apple watch for Christmas. I have not yet figured out all the features, nor have I figured out how to remove some of the features or app notifications I have apparently downloaded. Thus, at the present time I receive notifications for just about everything. My wrist is constantly vibrating. On any given day I am notified to wake up, exercise (I really need to delete that one), take my medication, and attend different appointments. In addition, if I am sitting too long at the computer or in front of the television, it reminds me to stand. But probably my favorite reminder—which I receive several times throughout the day—is to breathe. Apparently, Apple believes I am incapable of staying alive without its reminders. How did I ever manage without it?
I once read that the word “remember” is found in 47 verses, 28 chapters and 19 books of the Bible. Why? God knows that we are prone to forget many important traits about His character and ourselves. For example, He reminds us to remember His mighty acts, what He has told us through His Word, and that He is always with us. Soberly, He also reminds us to remember our acts of disobedience, but in light of that, His mercy. And most importantly, He reminds us to remember that Jesus died for our sins. How is it possible that I can forget any of these things when the truth is, I am incapable of anything without Him.
“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me…” Isaiah 46:9
During the years before Christ came, God had ordained feasts and celebrations for the purposes of reminding the people of Himself. God knew (before Apple!) that the key to remembering is to be intentional—which we can do by setting reminders. So I have discovered a true and useful benefit for my Apple watch. My wrist now vibrates and reminds me to pray due to a prayer app I have downloaded. And when my wrist vibrates and reminds me to breathe, I take a moment and open the Word, for it is the very breath of God!
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16