Do you remember how long the years were between 6 and 10 years of age? I do. I couldn’t wait to be 10. Those four years were an eternity to me. Then I replaced 10 years old with 16 years old. There was always an age I couldn’t wait be and time moved so slow. If you’re out of school, I’m sure you feel like the time goes too fast. I think that’s when it started for me. I was no longer waiting for things to happen. In fact, I felt like I was barely keeping up with life. When I was in elementary school the months before Christmas dragged by, but now I feel like next Christmas has arrived right after this Christmas. We all know that time is still the same with 60 minutes in an hour. Time doesn’t change, but we do. We have memories, good and bad. These memories can be very old, but because we can remember them, it seems like yesterday! I wonder why God made us with memories. There are some very important reasons for memories.
- God remembered.
“He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.” Psalm 105:8
God made a promise to Satan, Adam, and Eve in Genesis 3:15, as a part of the curse on Satan. He promised a Savior who would defeat Satan. For this to come to pass, he chose Abraham and made a covenant with him. Abraham would become a great nation of people, too many to count. God didn’t forget this covenant. Jesus came to the earth to fulfill this covenant and become the Savior of the world. God remembered.
2. God’s children are to remember his deeds.
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11
We are to remember God and all the works he has done. God gave us this memory so that we could bring him glory. How? As we remember, then we are grateful to him for all he has accomplished. Also, we are to tell others about what God has done for us. We remember so that we can share the good news of God’s work in our lives.
3. God’s children are to remember Jesus’ sacrifice.
“…This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me…This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24b, 25b
God remembered his covenant to Abraham, Moses, David, and the children of Israel. He sent his son, Jesus, to be a man, like us and yet God. He lived a perfect life for us and died the death that paid the payment for our sins. Before Jesus was arrested, he had a last meal with his disciples and he instituted this remembrance of him. We have communion together to remember Jesus and his sacrifice on our behalf. We thank God for what was done on our behalf. This memory helps us focus on what was done for us that we didn’t deserve.
These are three very good reasons for memory. God, our creator, gave us a brain that is really beyond our understanding. We remember so many things that are trivial and not really of any importance. There are those memories which cause us to laugh, others cause us to cry, and still others can pull us into anger in a moment. FACEBOOK memories can be very painful when you see pictures of others pop up who are no longer a in relationship with you. But, still, memory is a good thing given to us by God for his purposes.
I began this by talking about how fast time flies by as we age. I think it has to do with memories. We have life behind us which we remember as if it just happened. The memories are vivid, real, and in the front of our mind. An example of this is my grandson turning 20 years old. My memory goes to myself at 20 years old standing in a courthouse being married. It seems like yesterday. That’s’s how time speeds up. Where did the 20 years go from the time I saw my grandson in the hospital until now? Yet, my mind can see me 49 years ago in a courthouse.
“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!” Psalm 39:4
Enjoy your memories! Let the time fly! As a child of God, eternity awaits us! The memories we have in eternity will not cause pain or tears but will all be gloriously good!!