My children recently received a slide for their backyard tree/club house. According to the children, the slide is a gift that is well over due. They are excited for the new addition. I think the children thought I forgot that the slide was an intended piece of the original treehouse design. The treehouse was built 3 years ago, so I can see why they thought I forgot about the slide. I had remembered, though; they were surprised on Easter when the slide appeared.
Forgetting is a common occurrence for all of us. We forget birthdays, school assignments, replying to messages, and the list goes on. We may also sometimes forget other important aspects of life. We can use Google to help us remember some things.
In our relationship with God, we may sometimes forget important faith principles during our faith journey. The Bible does help us remember who God is and His promises to us. Take some time to read the following story.
1st Kings 19:11-18, “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazaelking over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
Whenever I read this story from Elijah’s life, it seems as if a new insight is learned. Elijah believes he is the only one serving God. Elijah thinks everyone else has forgotten God. God reminds Elijah that there are 7000 people who have not forgotten about God. God had not forgotten about Elijah either. In the previous chapters, Elijah was cared for by ravens and a widow and her son. God had always remembered Elijah. Elijah temporarily forgot how great God is, so God reminded him through a whisper.
We too need reminded of how great God is as God remembers us. May we never forget that God remembers us and His promises to us. God will forget our sins through Jesus’ death on the cross, but will not forget us. God remembers us and His promises; may we remember to seek and serve Christ by sharing the love of God with the world.
“Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.”—Psalm 25:7