Tuesday: 31st July, 2018
Reference text: Psalm 79
Psalms 79:8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
When two business are about to enter a partnership of any kind, both parties do their best to present themselves in the best of light to the other. On many occasions, if existent, the ‘Remember our past deals’ card is played and this often works with great ease if past relationships and contracts progressed without difficulty. However, if recent partnerships have been tumultuous, then the business tries to show they are under new management, new policies and are into new ways of doing things; therefore their past misdeeds, should be overlooked.
This was the sort of statement Israel made to God because they knew that if God opted to mete-out punishment for the sins of previous generations or even their own, they stood no chance, hence; they wanted the past forgotten. Israel did not want their present to be anchored to their past, and judgement rendered on account of the things that have been, thus they besought God to take an interest in the present them, not the past them.
That is the story of second chances because often, when we cast our eyes back and consider the things that have been, we wouldn’t want to be reminded of them because they may not have presented us in the very best of lights. Interestingly, God has a short term memory when it comes to keeping track of our faults as written under the clauses of the new covenant in Jeremiah 31:34c ‘I will forgive their iniquity, I will remember their sin no more’.
So sweetheart, if God has forgiven and forgotten, why do you still punish yourself? Why do you make God a liar and one who does not keep His word? Beloved, stop beating yourself because the prayer for God to remember not our sins, has been answered. The blood of Jesus has spoken, and forever granted us forgiveness.
Remember # Never doubt that you have been forgiven, because when God says ‘He will forgive and not remember’, it is an eternal tense, that always stands.