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Can God forget about us? Scripture says no

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It’s interesting how easily we forget. The disruption of our thought processes can be derailed by something as simple as walking from one room to another. By the time we reach the doorframe, we’ve forgotten why we headed that direction in the first place. We forget where we put our keys, where we park our cars or that we nestled our favorite pencil behind our ear, all the while searching desperately to find it. Yep. It’s that easy to forget.

Sometimes, this “forgetting of things” is a little more serious. For instance, forgetting to take medications in a timely fashion can be life-threatening. Forgetting names and faces as we age becomes of great concern. Even the basics of life are sometimes forgotten by the elderly — things like eating and drinking.

In light of those things, forgetting where I put my keys or my pencil doesn’t seem like such a big deal. It’s a definite annoyance, but not something that “rocks my world.”

I’ll tell you something that would, though. Can you imagine what would happen if God were human — if He could forget? For those of you who are already thinking, “But doesn’t God forget our sin?” I’ve prepared an addendum at the bottom of the column. For now, let’s get back to the crux of the issue.

What would happen if God could forget? What would happen if He could forget where He put “the keys” to the universe or where He stored the sunset/sunrise paintbrushes? What would happen if He could forget your face, your name, your voice, your existence, your heartaches, your heart’s desires? Can you imagine what it would be like to be forgotten by God?

Sadly, if some of you are truthful, you might admit to thinking that very thing on occasion — even right now — that God has forgotten you. You feel as though He has left you alone, that you have done something so inherently sinful that He has chosen not to remember you any longer.

Please listen to me. No, strike that. Listen to your Father, the One who desperately loves you. Listen to the Truth: “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…,”(Isaiah 49:15-16).

Beloved child of God, He has not forgotten you. He can’t. He can’t forget you, any more than a nursing mother can forget her child.

However, God knows that even this beautiful, intimate human relationship is just that — human. It cannot explain fully His perfect, covenant love for you, His remembrance of you. So, He adds with determination — just so you know for sure, just so you never wonder again, just so you don’t forget —

“...I will not forget you.”

Prayer: Thank You, God. Thank You for not forgetting me. Life is hard sometimes, Lord, but I believe You haven’t left me here to fend for myself. Thank You, Lord, that even when it’s hard to know You are with me, I can trust You to be with me. I love You.

P.S. — God doesn’t really “forget” our sins. If He could forget, He wouldn’t be omniscient. He wouldn’t know everything — but He does (Psalm 139:4, I John 3:20). So, He doesn’t forget our sin. Instead, He just chooses not to remember it.

Here are a couple of Scriptures to solidify this. Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

Also, Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Notice the wording. It doesn’t say that God “forgets.” It says that He “remembers your sins no more.”

Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and sbmkax@earthlink.net.

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