Forgetfulness: A Godly Trait


Let’s face it, we all have a streak of forgetfulness, but how many of us consider it a Godly trait? I certainly hadn’t until a few days ago. I ranked my forgetfulness right up there with senility! But I’ve come to believe that it is a mark of progress.

“Progress?” you ask.

Sure. Think about it. What kinds of thing stand out in your memories the most? Those hair-raising adventures with your cousins or best friends? The time you dropped your wallet down the outhouse hole? Or maybe when your new iPhone went for a swim in the toilet? Or maybe that time you were “just fooling around” with a guy you liked and became pregnant? Or how about all those times you and your friends teased and tormented one of your classmates until they cried? How about those times your started shoplifting … just for the sport of it? All those times you have been telling or living lies… either to make yourself look better in the eyes of others or to get out of impending trouble?

The time (s) of flat tires in lonely places? Running out of gas? Car wrecks? Life-threatening surgeries? Battles with cancer? Oh, don’t forget about that annoying person that “did you wrong” with whom you wanted to get even. Socially destroy or even… (help me)— “KILL”, if you thought you could get away with it? Or all those women you lusted after?

These are some of the bad things that are common to mankind. These are the things that we seem to never forget. Some of them become the centerpiece of our bragging conversations with our friends or people we try to impress. Others we regret having participated in. Some may be sins that we have tried to forget. We’ve asked God for forgiveness… over and over, but we can’t forget them.

Times when we least expect it they will pop up in our life like spam on our screen to haunt us. Distract us. Taunt us. Annoy us. Remind us that we are sinners needing some kind of punishment.

Yet, we too often forget the little kindnesses in our life. Those acts, that, in our eyes, were “nothing special.” Those things, that when others try to thank us, we brush off with, “Oh, it was nothing. Forget it!”

Those are the things that God remembers, because the prompting to do those things came from Him. There is nothing inherently good in us, except when we are following those little prompts of God.

God says He has, “removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.” (Ps 103:12 NLT) Yet, how many times do chase them down to do again and again?

Through Ezekiel He warns Israel, “Again and again you remind me of your sin and your guilt.” (Ez. 21:24 NLT)

He tells Micah that He will “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19 KJV)

“ I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Heb. 8:12 KJV)

There it is “remember no more” or FORGET! God forgets, why don’t I?

So, why is it that we tend to either hide the bad things in our life, or we tend to brag about them? Or why do we let those bad experiences pop up when God has forgotten them?

I believe that, just as there is a good God, there is an evil tempter. It is he who brings these things to mind trying to get us to forget the good things that take place in our life.

If we remember the bad things in life without recounting the way God has turned it to good, then we are doing God an injustice and giving the evil one the upper hand in our life.

When we have done something good for someone and they want to thank us, don’t try to brush it off, but remind them that it was not you who thought of it, but God was directing you, and you dared not ignore Him.

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