Selective Memory

One thing I appreciate about the Bible is it’s authenticity. It reminds me that we are constantly in engagement with an unchanging God (Hebrews 13:8) who can deal with broken but honest people in the exact same way today as He did so often in the stories we find in the Bible.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”Hebrews 13:8

We see an example of this honesty in the Psalms. Psalm 77 to be precise. The Psalmist seems to be having one of those moments. A moment where he feels disconnected from God. (Psalm 77:7-9) It seems his prayers are not being heard but rather hitting the ceiling and finding their way back on to floor that his knees are on. He feels cast off from God. Far away from his Maker. Who hasn’t felt like this? Who hasn’t clung desperately to a promise and felt disappointed when you saw events and situations unfold in a way you didn’t expect or want? I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point.

Psalm 77:7-9 (NKJV)

Will the Lord cast off forever?
And will He be favorable no more?
Has His mercy ceased forever?
Has His promise failed forevermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?

However, what he does next is so important to us. Words which are so important and vital to our walk with God. He chooses to “remember the works of the Lord” – the previous victories that God had granted him. The previous acts of pure grace and favour that took him through situations and experiences he would have never been able to get through by himself.

Psalm 77:11 (NKJV)

11 I will remember the works of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

If you’re feeling like the Psalmist then do the same thing that he did. Choose to remember the works of the Lord. His unending grace and favour. The wonders He has shown you and your loved ones! The great thing about selective memory is that the more you intentionally remember God’s mercy and goodness from the past; you start to see God’s mercy and goodness in this present moment. His grace is always sufficient. Always is and always will be.

So, what are you grateful for? What did God deliver you from? Can you see God’s faithfulness and goodness right now where? Choose to remember!

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