I love the fact that God has a poor memory. It makes me feel close to him as I too have a memory that remembers tiny amounts from day to day.
If a member of the family wants something done, I tell them to write it down in the diary or on a piece of paper and put it in the kitchen. Funny thing is they too have poor memories, and they forget to write things down! The constant cry of ‘I told you about that weeks ago’ is reciprocated with ‘Did you put it in the diary?’. The silence is deafening! So I can’t be blamed for not remembering.
God’s poor memory
God’s poor memory, however, is not about the everyday humdrum things of life but our sins. Grace freely flows when we say sorry. The offending sin is washed away, never to be remembered or brought up again by God.
Living as an example
I would like to live my life like that. I fail of course as I am terrible at letting things go. Once the flood gates open everything pours out; all the hurts, when being taken for granted, etc. My teenage daughter stops me in mid flow and says”you are doing it again, bringing up the past, why can’t you just stick to the matter at hand and leave it at that.” Of course, she is right, and I stand corrected. If I am bold enough to tell people to copy God’s bad memory, then I ought to as well.
Am I a hypocrite?
Now I see why others who do not have a faith look at us who do and say ‘hypocrite’. My daughter has called me this at times, and she is right. If I profess that forgiving is putting on God’s poor memory, then I need to do and not just say it. My family needs to see that I genuinely forgive, leaving the ‘sin’ to that day and not with a ‘to be continued…’ that way they are more likely to follow by example.
Jesus was not tame in his words when he spoke of the Pharisees and scribes (Matt 15:7-9) as hypocrites. He wants us to be binding in our following of his ways. He wants us to be serious and not play with words, to do His will and not follow our will. If we want to bring others to Christ, we need to be Christ-like, not me like.
How awesome God is
God, the Creator of the Universe, our Awesome Founder, Saviour of sinners, has forgiven our sins daily and forgotten them. He calls us to worship, pursue, praise and thank Him with a grateful heart, to emulate his Mercy and accept restoration to wholeness. I introduce my God, who knows my failings, and daily struggles, and loves me nonetheless. Grant me the wisdom of Your poor memory.
Do you have a poor memory?