My Favorite Promise

God makes a lot of promises to us in His Word. He says a lot of things to us that give us hope, give us peace, give us courage.

He will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6)

He has good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11)

We can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13)

Nothing can separate us from God’s love Romans 8:37-39)

There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

We could go on an on.

But today, the passage we are reading, it has perhaps my favorite of God’s promises to us. Listen to what it says today in Jeremiah 31:33-34:

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

We focus a lot (and rightfully so) about the part where we promised that God will give us a new covenant, where He will write His law on our heart.

God wants us to know that our faith moves from being an outward (action) based thing to an inward (heart) based thing.

God wants your heart. If He has your heart, He will have your actions.

And that’s all pretty awesome. Good stuff. But, I love what it says most of all, after that. Jeremiah tells us that will forgive our sins and, here’s the kicker to me, remember them no more.

That’s a promise. From God.

Not only will He forgive your sin, which is a big deal. But He will forget it.

It’s done.

Gone.

Forgiven.

Forgotten.

The sin that you can’t forgive yourself of, that you can’t let go of, that keeps you up at night, that robs your peace and joy?

Not only has God forgiven it. He has forgotten it.

His word promises that.

Today, let God. Forgive. Forget. Move into the new life that God has for you.

Today, you are a forgiven child of God. Live like it! Live in that new grace today, and each day.

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Forgetful

It’s a bad thing that we can be forgetful. Each of us, through out our days, can forget to do things. We can forget important things. We can forget silly things. We can forget.

Our nature is to be forgetful.

That’s one of the reasons why all through the Old Testament, God has His people always build alters and monuments. He does this so that they will remember. They will remember what He has done and who He is.

He did this so that they will remember, and teach their children. He wanted people to remember His faithfulness.

He wants us to remember. But, for God, He forgets.

Wait, what?

Yep. God will forget? What do I mean? Listen to what it says today in Psalm 25:6-9:

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgression. God is that God that when it comes to our confessed sin, is forgetful.

He purposely forget them. When we confess them, when we give them to Him, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.

Yeah, forgiving them is one thing.

Then, He takes it a step further. He forgets them. It’s like they never happened. As it says in another Psalm, our sins are as far as the east is from the west in the mind of God.

That sin that you can’t move past. That you can’t forgive yourself of. That you can’t get of your mind?

God has not only forgive you of that sin. He’s forgotten that has happened. His grace, His love, His mercy. It’s that great.

Today, let’s remember what God has done for us. And let’s be thankful to Him that He forgives, and forgets our sin.

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A Short Week

About the only downfall of a long weekend is that it produces a short week.

You’re thinking, no, Andy, a short week is also a good thing.

It is, in some ways. But, in others it’s not.

At least for me.

I get so focused on getting everything done that I need to get down that I find myself rushed, I find myself unfocused, I find myself not really paying attention to what matters most.

I got so focused on trying to get done the things that I have to do, I feel like I’m so short of time, I forget what I really need to focus on.

So, I really needed to hear the words of Psalm 119 this morning:

15 I will meditate on your commandments *
and give attention to your ways.
16 My delight is in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.

I will not forget your word.  A powerful statement. We are not going to forget about God forever, I know.

But sometimes, with deadlines coming, and tasks to accomplish, and things that have to get done, we forget.

We forget to slow ourselves. Pray.  Listen.  Remember His word.

I know you’ve got a busy day today. Lots to do. Meetings and worries and all sorts of stuff.

I know it’s a short week.

Don’t forget. Don’t forget to slow yourself. Don’t forget to take time to listen. Don’t forget that God is there, even in a busy short week.

Don’t forget His word.  Don’t forget Him.  Listen. Seek.  Knock. And you will find.

Don’t forget what really matters.