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Monday, May 7th, '18

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REMEMBER ME?

"And it was found written that Mordecai had..." (Esther 6:2)

 

"So a book of remembrance was written before him, for those who fear the Lord..." (Malachi 3:16) There goes another great 3:16 verse! Of course God suffers no amnesia but just for documented proof He has bookkeepers busy taking notation. Esther was praying for a breakthrough for her people the Jews and that night her husband, the king, "could not sleep" (vs 1). "So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king". Either he had dreamed about the record books or about Mordecai, either way, "it was found written" that Mordecai had earlier saved the king and that "nothing had been done for him". Good thing that good thing had been written down. The king may have forgotten the deed but God hadn't nor had the record books. "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have shown toward his name..." (Hebrews 6:10)

 

He didn't forget Mordecai. And He didn't forget Noah. Though the rain fell for forty days Dake notes that Noah and family were cooped up in the Ark one year and seventeen days. During life's long waits we wonder if God has forgotten us. I have people, dates, ideas, etc. all scribbled down. I always eventually get around to each recorded item. But He is prompter than I, always on time - "Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing..." (Genesis 8:1) He won't leave you stuck in that wooden vault forever. The same went for Joseph. The "chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him" (Genesis 40:23). He was Joseph's ticket to freedom from the dungeon yet he callously forgot him. But God didn't forget. Months later He stirred the butler's memory who petitioned his release by Pharaoh. You are struggling now but someone with authority will remember you. Your work hasn't gone unnoticed. The Lord will soon "bring to light the hidden things...then every man will have praise of God" (1 Corinthians 4:5). Your record of time, talent, treasures and tears have not been deleted. "Put my tears into your bottle; are they not in your book?" (Psalm 56:8)

 

John foresaw a day when "the books were opened" (Revelation 20:12). That is a fearful prospect for the ungodly, knowing that video tape doesn't lie. David said we "spend our years as a tale that is told" (Psalm 90:9). Everyone has their particular story. And we are autobiographers. We write our own scripts. Pilate announced, "What I have written, I have written" (John 19:22). Right, no one pens life as a ghost writer. The ink is on your quill. That's why we should strive for memorable lives. If you don't like some of the chapters there is something better than White-Out, Jesus' cleansing blood. But I'm not writing about mistakes in this devotion but rather the vital memories. God doesn't forget those He has redeemed. He didn't leave Joshua and Caleb as prey for the wilderness vultures. He took us out of Egypt to take us into Canaan and He won't cavalierly forget the plan. Even people with messed up lives can be remembered for good. The dying thief couldn't help himself with either hand because they were both nailed to a cross right next to Jesus. So he did all he was able to do. He cried, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42). That very moment Jesus called in the bookkeeper for dictation, answering, "Today you shall be with me in Paradise!" Don't worry about being forgotten. Your kindnesses have been etched with a diamond point.


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