Memory is a wonderful gift of God. That is, it’s a wonderful gift when used correctly. Memory can become very painful and even damaging when we remember the things God wants us to forget. The apostle Paul could have let the memories of past sins paralyze his present and destroy his future. Paul chose the better way. Having repented of his sins, Paul chose to forget “those things which are behind” (Phil. 3:13).
Memory is a blessing when we remember the right things. The Jewish feasts that we read about in the Old Testament were intended to remind the Children of Israel of their deliverance and God’s faithfulness. The Lord’s Supper that we celebrate regularly was established so we would never forget what Christ accomplished for us on the cross. As Jesus commanded, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:24).
Have you ever seen the phrase on your cell phone, “Memory Almost Full”? That means it’s time to start deleting the unnecessary. If your memory bank is full of toxic stuff, than forget what God wants you to forget and remember what He wants you to remember. In that way, God’s gift of memory will be just that – a gift…a blessing and not a curse.
Pastor Todd Weston