Today I was reading an interesting story about a young lady and her grandmother. The young lady explained how her grandmother began to experience short-term memory problems similar to what Alzheimer patients suffer. Her grandmother would repeat herself when sharing stories, couldn’t remember where she put things, and would get frustrated when she couldn’t recall her thoughts. Moments begin to fade, hours simply evaporated, until eventually yesterday didn’t even exist for her anymore.
Most of us may never experience these type of memory concerns, unfortunately when it comes to the things of God it seems we just plain forget. Believe it or not for many Christians God does something good in their lives, he answers a prayer, he bails us out of a situation that we caused, he helps us with a miracle then the next time a problem comes along, we act as if God’s mercy, grace, His blessings, or even the miracle never happened. We have short-term memory loss when it comes to the things of God. Then, when we can’t remember past blessings, we start fearing the future. We stop thinking God will do it again, because we forgot it was Him who did it the first time.
Psalm 106 speaks of how the Israelite’s witnessed many miracles in Egypt that God performed in order to release them from Pharaoh’s grip. But in Psalm 106:7 they reached the Red Sea and they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, they rebelled there at the Red Sea because they forgot what God had just done in Egypt. They grumbled in the desert because they soon forgot what he had done Psalm 106:13 and they made a golden calf in Psalm 106:20-21 because they forgot the God who saved them. The Israelite’s even refused to enter the land of Canaan in Psalm 106:24-25 when they first arrived, because they did not believe his promise. How could they have forgotten?
When we are quick to forget the problems of our past, we also forget how God brought us through. When we have short-term memory loss, we start worrying unnecessarily about tomorrow. Go back to your “beginning” and recount all the ways God has provided from that moment until now. He is faithful. The Bible tells us in Heb. 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. He loved and cared for you in the past and He will continue to love and care for you now, and into your future. Then why should we want to remember the pain of our past, that’s easy because it was then God came through. Even Paul carried what the bible describes as a thorn in the flesh to remind him among other things that it wasn’t him, or merely the words he spoke in prayer, or some other mystical fluke that saved him from his-self it was God, and it is still God today, not our prayer requests, not our own strength, nothing else like Him that deserves to be remembered.
Don’t suffer from short term memory loss when it comes to Him; He cares for you and your well-being. And while the Bible tells us He loves us, answered prayer is one way He shows His love. History has repeatedly shown us we constantly need reminders, lest we forget. Now don’t wait for your walls to fall in 2015. Consider all the pains, the hurts, and even the small problems of your past, remembering who brought you through it all and begin to praise Him today.