Today, I'm sharing a guest post by Anne Borgen. You can find out more about her or get in touch with her on her website.
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12
Tears streamed down her little chubby cheeks, “Mom, she told everyone that I have a birth mark on my bum! Now no one will ever forget that about me,” cried my little girl.
I knelt down to draw her little body closer to mine and wrap my arms around her. In that tender mother voice we’re all supposed to download day of their birth, I spoke to her “Oh child, you might remember it forever, but your friends will never forget it.”
Before I even gathered what had flown out of my genius mouth, she looked up at me and giggled.
“Thanks, Mom, that’s just a reeeeal encouragement.”
Horrified at my complete flub up, eyes wide eyed in eagerness to right my wrong I began to stutter through the correction, “oh my, no, what I meant to say is you might always remember it but they’ll soon forget about it.”
She was graciously laughing at me by this point and her little hand brushed up to hold my face and she said, “Its okay, Mom, I knew what you meant.”
Isaiah reminds us that God blots out our sins for God’s sake.
I used to think that He just had some sort of hidden ego issue that somehow was holy and I just didn’t understand it but now I realize that what that Scripture is in there for is to encourage us that when we think we’ve messed up so big that no one would ever forget it, God reminds us that we don’t have to worry about Him forgetting it because He isn’t waiting for us to show Him some kind of worthiness for Him to base His toss out game on.
God, instead, is basing His forgetfulness on His own merit.
To completely take the pressure off of us. He realizes that when our ‘mark on the bum’ is broadcasted to all the world around us and we absolutely are convinced they will never forget it, even if we scrubbed it clean off, they still wouldn’t forget it had been there, God is standing right there to remind us that He will remove it from His memory and He’ll do so just because…He’s good.
Just in case we think that is only an Old Testament promise, He gives us Hebrews as well.
God doesn’t like to remember our sins any more than we do.
People remember them because they lack forgiveness and love but God is limitless in those areas and for this reason He is eager and pleased to blot it all out.
Father, thank you for being able and willing to forgive us, let go, and do a step further with our sins than we humans are capable of; blotting them out and remembering them no more.