Everyone seems to have problems with remembering, not so much with what is
there in the memory cells, but what doesn’t seem to be there when we
want it. This is especially evident as we grow older. Where did I put it? Why
did I come into this room? What was her name? Many questions fill our minds
and making a list of things to do and to buy becomes essential.
Today we have help on every hand. The world of electronics shows us how to
store and recall information. Think of the iPods and iPads, laptops and
mobiles and the huge amount of information they keep in a tiny space. Then
there’s instant recall at the press of a key, a touch or a click. Words,
songs, images—you name it, all there in a flash.
When we don’t want to remember
All of us wish that certain memories could be forever blotted out —
things we’ve said and done that were indiscreet, acts and attitudes we
had that we are now ashamed of. We hope others affected by what we’ve
done will also forget. Time will heal, we hope.
However, there are many failures on our part that won’t go away.
Breaking God’s law is an offence that is not going to go unnoticed. God
doesn’t have memory loss as we do. He knows all about our record and the
sin accumulated in it. No, we can’t visualise Him sitting with a laptop
in front of Him (after all, His memory is perfect) but we know that all will
be revealed in a day to come. Yes, it’s all on record.
All will be revealed
In a startling passage in
Luke 12:2-3, Jesus said, “There is nothing
concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you
have whispered in the ear behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the
In the Book of Revelation we read that at the last judgment the books will be
opened and people will be assessed by their deeds.
Justice will be seen to be done and no-one at that judgment will
Some things God will forget
It is a tremendous relief to know that forgiveness is available. So much in
the Bible addresses this matter. God took the initiative in providing a
Saviour who suffered in our place. Those who admit their fault and sincerely
turn to Christ, asking forgiveness, are promised a clean slate.
“I am He who blots out your law-breaking for my own sake and I will not
remember your sin”
(Isaiah 43, verse 25). Also, “I will be
merciful toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of lawlessness no
more” (Hebrews 8, verse 12)
There are many promises along the same lines. He buries our sins “in the
depths of the sea”
(Micah 7, verse 19). He removes them “as far as
the East is from the West”
(Psalm 103, verse 12).
What good news! It’s your move next.