In her clever book, author Karen O’Connor lists 365 Senior Moments You’d Rather Forget. Some of my favorites:
- Rolling on Biofreeze pain medication instead of deodorant.
- Spritzing your plants with hairspray.
- Forgetting, while in the middle of a staircase, whether you’re going up or down.
- Dropping the mail you just got from your post office box into the mail slot, and taking home the ones you took to mail.
- Planting sunflower seeds–and when they sprout, pulling them, because you think they’re weeds.
- Offering to teach a class on memory enhancement, and then forgetting to show up for the first session.
I’ve had my own senior moments, and two of them involved the automatic door lock button on my car’s keyring.
Once I pointed and clicked at my post office box–waiting for it to open magically. Another time, I aimed at my mailbox at home by the street. I was so glad none of my neighbors saw that!
I may be getting forgetful, but I’m glad God doesn’t have any senior moments. He is faithful to remember.
Three things God says He Remembers
1. He remembers His covenants.
2. He remembers His own.
We are precious to our Father. In Isaiah 49:15-16, God says of Israel, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. ‘Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands ….”
We see this remembering in Jesus on the cross in an interchange with a dying thief who asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus will remember us too. He’s preparing a home for His spotless Bride (John 14:1-3) and He will come for her.
3. He remembers His mercy.
We receive mercy when we don’t suffer God’s wrath, even though we deserve it. Believers receive this mercy at Jesus’ expense (John 3:16-17; Titus 3:4-5). Because of God’s mercy, we are “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus” (1 Peter 1:3-4).
And what does God choose to forget?
He “forgets” the sins of His confessing children.
How is “forgetting” possible? How can an omniscient God–the Creator who forgets nothing–forget our sins?
Because God remembers mercy, He can choose to forgive our sins in Christ.
That is clear in these verses:
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
Ever had someone beg for mercy? You had a choice. You could hold it against that person or say, “Awww, forget it. It’s all good.” You purposed to forgive and put the person’s offense behind your back.
It’s the same with God, only on a much grander scale. It’s not that He can’t recall the offenses we’ve committed against Him. Rather, God chooses to put our sins behind His back.
The Bible explains God removes our sins “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). We are completely forgiven because of Jesus’ one-time sacrifice and declared righteous before God. There is no more condemnation (Romans 8:1).
It’s “all good.”
The incredible exchange wrought in Jesus’ sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5:21) made it possible for God to make this choice. It’s the same process that continues for us on a daily basis. If we agree with Him about our sins, He is “faithful to forgive” and cleanse us (1 John 1:9).
How are we to respond to God’s remembering and forgetting?
Because God remembers His promises, remembers us and remembers mercy, we can stand secure in the Lord. And because He “forgets” our sins, we are free in Christ. We can move forward in becoming more like Him (Philippians 3:13-14; Ephesians 4:22-24). We can gratefully spread the “fragrance” of our merciful God everywhere; and become “imitators of God, as beloved children” (2 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 5:1-2).
Christian, take a moment to thank God for all the ways He remembers you . . . and that He chooses to “forget” your sin!
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