The “Write” Attitude
Scriptures: Exodus 2:24; Psalm 105:8
“Now where did I put my glasses / pen / purse / keys / cellphone?” We mumble as we open drawers and cupboard doors and upturn couch cushions in yet another frantic search.
God, however, remembers. The Heavenly Father remembers His promises, not only the one made as a covenant to His servant Abraham, but all the promises He has given over the ages. He remembers us and also our needs and that is why Christ tells us to pay no heed to mundane questions about what we shall eat or drink or from where we will be obtaining clothing.
Here, we see how God had promised Abraham and his future generations a territory. On the long, tortuous trek to the Promised Land after years of hardship and slavery in Egypt, God anticipated the bidding about not worrying about food when He provided manna and quail. . . and a spring coming out like a fountain from the rock.
He remembered His promise of leading His People by the Cloud of the Day and the Pillar of Fire at night . . . for forty years.
God has made other promises to us; He has assured us that He is ready to forgive sins as long as we are contrite. Indeed, the Infinite Love he has said He will go even further than that: He will totally forget our transgressions: “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25). Here we see that God uses the personal pronoun twice, to emphasize that not only is He the only one who can do it, but that He surely will.
He has promised us that He will be there to guide us to eternal light, as surely as the name Zechariah means ‘God remembers’.
Father, you have promised to turn again and have compassion upon us, and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Sweep away our offenses like a cloud and please remember your promises of mercy, and help us to remember how to be merciful toward those who have wronged us. This we ask of You, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Putting It Into Action:
The phrase about blotting out transgressions reminds us of the old custom of striking out a debtor’s name from the ledger when he settles his debts. Once what is owed is paid, no interest is to be paid upon it any more. If we pray to God to give us a clean heart that knows no rancor toward others, we will not even want to retaliate against those who have wronged us. God remembers our needs but not our wrongdoings. With His help, we will be able to treat offenses against us as not warranting any retribution.