Reason to SMILE #237: FORGETFULNESS
It was almost time for me to leave. I went into the kitchen, poured my coffee in my travel cup and reached for my keys. They weren’t there. I usually leave my keys in the same place every day. Apparently, though, I strayed from my ritual.
Where were my keys?!?
I couldn’t remember where I left them. I checked my room – the night stand and dressers. No keys. I searched pants pockets. No keys. I rummaged through my purse. Ugh! No keys!
I called my husband. Maybe he moved them. He didn’t answer. Hmm. If he’d had my keys, it’s possible they were in my car.
I started out the door to go check the car. As soon as I opened the house door, my search was over. There, on a stand in the garage, were my keys – where they had been all night!
Of course, when I saw my keys, I remembered setting them there after arriving home the night before. I stopped in the laundry room before going into the house because I didn’t have a pocket to put them in. Obviously, I forgot to pick them back up.
How could I be so forgetful?
Whether I like it or not, forgetfulness has become a frequent visitor in my life. I argue that it is a sign of having too many things on my plate or too much on my mind. Never, oh ever, would I admit that it is a sign of aging. But whatever the cause, forgetfulness is not usually a trait that makes me SMILE unless…
… we’re discussing the forgetfulness of God after He has forgiven us our transgressions. Yes! God not only forgives our sins when we repent, He also forgets those sins.
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Jeremiah 31:34b NIV
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Psalm 103:12 NIV
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
Micah 7:18-19 NIV
God doesn’t hold our sins against us. He doesn’t file them away so He can bring them up later to remind us of our shortcomings. No. When we confess and repent of our sins, God is faithful to forgive and to forget.
There sure would be so many more SMILES in our lives if we were all able to forget like God!