There are times that I get tired of trying to remember.
Remember to pack this.
Remember to bring that.
Remember to call so and so.
Remember to email this church or that supporter.
Remember to fill the water filter.
Remember to pull in the laundry.
Remember. Remember. Remember.
Even in our faith, we find so many things to remember.
Remember his faithfulness.
Remember his love.
Remember his truth.
Remember his word.
Remember his commands.
Our minds become mental checklists, to-dos, and lists.
As moms, wives, workers, believers… we can not get away from remembering.
On the other hand, even the things we want to forget, we can’t. Some things stick with us more than others.
The hurts, trials, problems, wrongs, and words find places to burrow down and stay awhile. We remember them.
Likewise, the joys, fun moments, happy days, relationship wins, language goals and overseas discoveries can last as well. We remember them fondly with hope for more of such memories to come.
The daily things to remember, the faith things to remember, the good things, the bad things… all of it compiles in our overworked brains, affecting us greatly.
Aren’t you tired just reading about how much we all have to remember?
Yep. We can get overwhelmed and bogged down in the remembering.
But, I had a thought occur to me as I was reading through Psalm 105 in my devotions one morning. It was already hot and humid, the fans were blowing behind me and I was trying to get in a few moments of devotional reading before people started showing up at our gate.
The vegetable lady comes particularly early.
Psalm 105 is a chapter that recounts the history of Israel starting with God’s promise to Abraham and ending with deliverance from Egypt. In the telling of this story, we are told twice that God remembers.
We are told in verse 8 that God remembers his covenant forever. And, in verse 42, we are told that God remembered his holy promise.
The thought that God remembers was not new but it hit me in a new, more real way as I rolled it around in my mind that day and in preparing for this post.
Why is it important that God remembers?
Friends, it is vital to our faith that we know deep in our hearts that it isn’t just about what we can remember to do, be, have, get, learn, or accomplish.
We can rest because God remembers.
He remembers you! He sees your days. He remembers his covenant to you and he does not forget his promises.
Isaiah 49:15-16 says, “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 are written on the palms of his hands. He remembers.
Genesis 8 – God remembered Noah on the ark
Genesis 30 – God remembered Rachel in her infertility
Judges 16 – God remembered Samson in his blindness
1 Samuel 1 – God remembered Hannah and her prayer
Jonah 2 – God remembered Jonah in the belly of a whale
Acts 28 – God remembered Paul on an island
On and on I could go.
God remembers you.
In your corner of the world, God sees you.
In your day to day life, God knows your story.
In your struggles, God remembers his promises to you.
You are written on the palm of his mighty, capable, enduring hand.
His remembrance means faithfulness, steadfastness, and sureness.
It is the very foundation we stand on, our blessed hope. Because he remembers, we will one day stand before him and he will know us.
He will call us by name.
Don’t worry if you forget where such and such a verse is found in the Bible. Don’t worry if you forget how much he loves you in the midst of this trial. Don’t worry if you fail to remember his promise. Don’t worry that you were that mom who forgot the snack for the class party. Don’t worry that your language isn’t where you want it to be and you consistently forget the most basic words.
What does that phrase mean to you? Does this make you think about God remembering in a different way?