Things to Remember Things to Forget
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10 KJV
Over the next few days there will doubtless be many conversations, reviews and reminiscences about the past year and hopes for the year to come. Some will have already begun to gather up the documents to file their taxes. Some will be taking well deserved extended vacations. Others will wish they could. Some will have little time for anything but the daily demands of their lives and some others will look to the future with great hope and anticipation. For most, at least one day will be set aside to celebrate the New Year. Others will hardly take notice of it.
There are things God calls us to remember always and forget. We are to remember Jesus whenever we partake of the bread and the wine His Body and Blood. We are to remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy. We are to remember the Lord our God Who gives us the power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant among His people. We are to remember.
The word remember has an intriguing quality to it because it combines two ideas. We think of a member as someone who belongs to a group; a member of a club, for example. It also refers to the parts of Body of Christ. We are called members of Christ’s Body, each part fitly joined together [Ephesians 4:16; Romans 12:5]. The individual parts of our bodies are also called members [Matthew 5:30; Romans 6:13]. The prefix “re” before an action word most often refers to doing or restoring again something that once was and is now separated, scattered, lost, old, decayed, or disconnected in some way from its original state of wholeness. So then, we can think of remembering as bringing back together the scattered, dysfunctional parts of an image, a thought or a truth that has, over time, been diminished of forgotten. We re-member the significance and deeper meaning of an act of Worship and obedience to God when we re-member His Word and restore it to first place in our lives, our thoughts, our words and our actions.
Forgetting can be hard to do when we want to do it, and way too easy when we really want to remember. It’s just part of our fallen human nature. Thoughts of guilt or past failures and offences tend to stick with us much longer than thoughts of good times and successes. We find it hard to forgive and forget the offences of others and too often to forgive and forget our offences that God has cast as far as the east is from the west and will never remember them against us anymore.
Did you screw up something or somethings in 2017? Did you offend anyone? Did you confess, pray and seek God’s forgiveness or the forgiveness of the one or the ones you offended? If you did, then it’s forgotten by God and by the one you offended. You are forgiven so any remembering of that ought to be with one thought only, you’re free. If you haven’t confessed and sought forgiveness, do it now and be done with it.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9
God is not looking for any payback from you. You can never repay the debt of sin. That’s why Jesus came as the only one Who could pay the price of sin and He did, for you and for me and for everyone who believes and will believe Him.
So, leave all those old failures, offences, sins of the past in the past where they can never be held against you, because they are under the blood of Jesus Christ. That means they have been purged away and you are now clean before God and before men and angels. In God’s eyes forgiving and forgetting go hand in hand.
When thoughts occasionally come to mind of past stuff that has been forgiven, just remember the promise of God’s grace and the work of Jesus Christ our Lord in His suffering and death that paid in full for all our sins and deny those thoughts to have even a moment of your time. Take them captive and cast them out. [2 Corinthians 10:4-6]
Forget the past. Look to Jesus. [Philippians 3:13]
In whatever pursuits men, women or children choose to engage themselves in these last days of the year I pray that all who name the Name of Jesus Christ will take some time to quietly consider Him and the Peace He came to bring to earth. Consider Jesus whose love for us is unconditional and unchanging. Consider Jesus, our hope, our strength, our health, our joy, our wisdom, our righteousness, our provision, our Savior, our King, our Redeemer, our Lord, our life and our assurance of His presence with us now and forevermore. AMEN!
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!! And give Him Thanks!!!!
The future is bright with promise and new hope, new dreams, new inventions, new discoveries, new life and that more abundantly, filled with the confident assurance of God’s goodness and love for you and for me.
To God be the glory! Great things He has done! Greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done!