I am trying to get better at remembering names. Frankly, I am horrible at recall. Despite my best efforts to develop my memory skills, including using fancy pneumonic devices and trying to learn by association, I still struggle. Making connections by association is how experts say we learn best. For example, if you are having trouble remembering an acquaintance of yours named Martha, you can get a visual of Martha standing on a map in Memphis. You will forever remember Martha’s name because of the silly visual you created in your mind of Martha on a map in Memphis. When you see her again and you are inclined to call her Mary, your mind will automatically go to your picture of Martha on a map in Memphis and BINGO….there is the recall. ”Hi, Martha!” (Just do not call her Memphis).
How about the things we remember for which we have no practical use? I can still remember my locker combination from high school twenty-two years ago. Right 48, left 32, right 30. I even TRY to forget this senseless bit of information yet the memory, seemingly lodged into my cerebral cortex (for a purpose yet to be determined) is in the memory banks to stay. What did I have for breakfast two days ago? Could not tell you. I don’t know about you, but I would rather forget a high school locker combination and fill that space with something useful (like where did I forget my car keys).
God, on the other hand, has the capability to remember everything we have ever done or said our entire life. Yikes. However, the good news is, If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you are secure in Him. This point is key: He chooses to forget the wrongs. Instead of remembering all of the wickedness, God looks at you, associates you with His Son Jesus Christ, and calls you righteous. When we sin, yet we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior and have asked God for forgiveness of those sins, the Bible says He “removes our sin as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). It is as if the sin was never committed. Praise God; Instead of a selective memory, God has “selective forgetting.”
You see, God remembers who we are in Christ Jesus. He associates us with His Son…righteous, saved, redeemed, and bought for a price. God chooses to remember His Son’s sacrifice. God remembers the cost, the debt paid on Calvary. In turn, He remembers you and I. Make no mistake, He has the right to remember ALL our sins and judge us accordingly (which is a sad story for the lost who do not know Jesus). However, for the righteous, He looks down, sees His Son on the cross, and remembers for whom His Son died. Amazing Grace!
Picture it. Sear it in your memory. Those in Christ will say, “Do you remember me?” to which God replies, “I remember you, my child. My Son died so you could live”. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ will say, “God do you remember me?” The Sovereign Almighty God will respond with all the authority of heaven and earth, “Depart from me, I never knew you” (Matt 7:23). Which truth would you rather God remember?