“Human Heedlessness; Divine Remembrance”
And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. Hosea 7:2
What is sin? It is not . . . an accident, nor an imprudence, nor a misfortune, nor a disease, nor a weakness.
It may be all these, perhaps; but it is something beyond all these; something of a more fatal and terrible character.
Sin is guilt. Sin is crime.
Man’s tendency is either to deny, or to extenuate sin. He either pleads not guilty, or he smoothes over the evil; giving it specious names.
Or if he does not succeed in these, he casts the blame off himself; he shifts the responsibility to . . . his nature, his birth, his circumstances, his education; even to God himself!
But human sin is not thus to be diluted or transformed into a shadow. It is infinitely real; true; deep; terrible in the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Let us not trifle with sin, either in the conscience or the intellect. Let us learn its true nature from the terribleness of the wrath and condemnation threatened by God against every sin, great or small.
God remembers our sins!
His memory never fails in anything. Nothing escapes it, great or small. Nothing effaces anything from it. Time does not efface it. Ages blot out nothing. The past is as clear and full as the present. Other events do not efface it. Our own forgetfulness will not efface it.
Our memory and God’s are very different. Our forgetfulness does not make Him forget.
Though man should forget, God remembers; and He can call up sin to remembrance. It will and must come up at last. Men may try to forget it; to drown all thought of it; to efface all traces of it; but it will come up! God remembers! Nothing can make Him forget. He may seem to do so; but it is only seeming.
God remembers… the person; the time; the circumstances; the thing itself; public or secret. God remembers our sins!
“God does not remember sin!” is the world’s great motto!
Horatius Bonar 1808-1889