Minister’s Forum: God remembers all
Have you ever wondered, “How could I be so forgetful?” It’s possible that I too often become preoccupied with many, many things. I find myself having difficulty remembering special days like birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates and I admonish myself to make notes and stick them everywhere. As I was thinking on this, my thoughts were taken to the “God Who Remembers.”
I thought, “If a one-eyed, female sparrow expired at 3:10 a.m. on May 10, 1664, under a hedge, seven-eights of a mile from the village of Shea in County Cork, Ireland – He Remembers.
If a tiny meteorite landed near a medium-sized crater, dislodging three marble-sized rocks into the Southern Hemisphere of the planet Venus, a thousand years ago – He Remembers.
On a rainy afternoon sometime in 1952, a man was rushing across a wet, rainy street in Saginaw, Mich., and lost a penny out of his pocket and it rolled into a storm drain, swallowed up – He Remembers.
He remembers the penny, the date on the penny and even remembers the mint where it was made. And if you needed to know, He could even tell you how many moles the man had on his back.
These are just a few examples to illustrate that He remembers everything. He remembers all your tears, all your hurts, all your smiles, and every time you fell and bruised your knee as a child – He remembers and cares.
In chapter 11 of Hebrews, verses 35 to 38, He remembers the nameless, faceless heroes who died in obscurity. No one on Earth even remembers who these people were, but God does.
He remembers everything and at the same time He has chosen to forget some things. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and ask for the forgiveness of our sins, He chooses to forget them, to be remembered no more.
What a God. The One Who remembers every detail of my life, but chooses to forget my sins.
In Jeremiah 31:34 God says, “I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will remember no more.”
David says in Psalm 25:6-7, “Remember O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindness, for they are from old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, not my transgressions, according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness sake.”
This is a God who remembers everything about us in His love and then, in His mercy, remembers not to remember any of my sins. He can and will do the same for you. Consider Jesus.
– Wayne Chalk is a pastor at Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship