God’s gracious memory
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
God has such a gracious memory when it comes to His people. God determined to destroy the earth because of its evil, but He remembered His servant named Noah. And God’s gracious memory led Noah into the ark of safety!
God even remembers His people when they are unfaithful. I think of Sampson in Judges 13–16. In this passage we are told how Sampson had disobeyed God and been led astray by evil, but he called out to God in a last gasp. God heard him, and gave him one last great feat of strength to win a victory for the Lord.
There are countless other stories in the Bible of God sparing people because He remembers that there are those who still serve Him. Even as He destroyed the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, God remembered to spare Lot.
And who can forget the thief on the cross next to Jesus? This was a lawless and convicted sinner, but he repented and the Lord remembered him…and he was brought into the kingdom of heaven that very day. I know that man would join others, including me, in saying, “Praise be to God for His faithful and forgiving memory.”
My friend, God remembers His own! He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. He will be faithful to lead you throughout your life and someday bring you home to be with Him.
THANK GOD TODAY FOR HIS GRACIOUS AND FAITHFUL MEMORY!