What God Chooses to Remember
By Susan Sage
For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
(Jeremiah 31:34 ESV)
My memory is getting worse the older I get.
One day at church, I was talking to a woman I’ve only known about a year. A friend I’ve known for many years walked up and I wanted to introduce them. I couldn’t remember either of their names. After a moment, I remembered my newer friend’s name, so I turned to the one I’ve known longer and introduced her. I kept on talking because I couldn’t think of my other friend’s name.
How embarrassing. I think the woman I’ve known longer figured it out because she reached her hand out and gave her name.
Another friend and I used to say that one of us had long-term memory loss and the other had short-term memory loss. Problem was, neither of us could remember which one we each had.
We all have these times of not remembering what we know we know. Other times, we wish we couldn’t remember something like when someone hurts our feelings. We may forgive but we don’t seem to be able to forget like we wish we could.
The other day I started thinking about God’s memory. I know He’s God but how does He manage to forget my sin?
I’ve always read that He removes my sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) and that He doesn’t remember them anymore (Jeremiah 31:34). But, He’s God. He knows everything.
So, it’s either one of those things that I won’t understand until I get to heaven and can ask Him face to face or . . . maybe there’s another possibility.
As I was reading and praying about this, the thought crossed my mind to read Jeremiah 31:34 again. It says that He will not remember sin anymore. This seemed like such a puzzle for me so I looked it up in the original Hebrew.
The word, remember means to bring it back to mind, to recall, or to mention.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt of my sin completely. There’s nothing left. Because of the resurrection, I learn that I can take God at His Word. What He says He will do, He will do.
God says that He will never bring up my sin in His mind again. He makes that choice. I sin. I repent and ask for His forgiveness, He gives it and He never thinks about it again.
God told me that Christ will cover my weaknesses (II Corinthians 12:9). It’s the same for you if you’re walking in relationship with God. Perhaps, when I am feeling too weak to forgive, or the memory of the hurt is strong, that’s exactly when God is ready to step in and change my thoughts.
I can choose not to remember it, think about it, or stew about it anymore.
I might not be able to forget what happened but I definitely can decide not to harbor the thought. Just like God made that choice for me, I can for someone else.
About the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
You can read Susan's "Sunday Inspiration" column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.