Last week, I stopped on the way home 2 nights in a row to pick up a couple items at the grocery store. I had activities that took me out of the house, and my wife asked me to stop and get a couple of things. This may seem routine to you, and it should, but to me it is a minor miracle. I have a memory that is very good at recalling information when prompted but not so good at remembering tasks or whatever it was my wife just asked me to do (like a couple days later when I forgot to thaw pork chops even when she asked me twice!) I blame it on the fact that I have knocked my noggin too many times, but whatever the case, if you want me to do something, and I am not immediately doing it, you might want to gently remind me.
God, on the other hand, never forgets what he chooses to remember. To me, that is an amazing characteristic all on its own – did I mention I forget things… any way. If you combine that power with the loving nature of God (1 John 4:8) and His promise that he will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5), you start to get a picture of a God you can totally rely on. He is not going to let you down. He cares for you so much that he can’t forget about your needs.
Sometimes, I forget this, too. Sometimes, I think that I am alone in the battle, whatever that battle may be. Sometimes, I think that if I let God down (which happens more often that I care to admit), that somehow, he will forget about me and let me flounder around. The truth is He never does. I can’t try and get away from God, he is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12); so, me forgetting to put my trust in Him doesn’t mean that He isn’t there right beside me through it all.
God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us, so that we could be reconciled to Him. He did this knowing fully where we would fall short and where we would forget to put Him first. He did this because He wants to draw us close and because there is nothing that will keep us from Him if we simply accept His free gift. Never forget that.