The Gift of Memory
Lamentations 3:21 KJV
"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope."
Our memory can sometimes be servants to hopelessness and despair. When we are faced with circumstances beyond our control, our mind can think up dark and despairing predicaments from past situations. It can be like a dark cloud hanging over us raining down unwanted thoughts. When this happens we are at times unable to, “cast down imaginations...bringing every thought into captivity” ( 2 Corinthians 10:5).
The same memory that brought Jeremiah to despair brought him life and comfort again when he, remembered where he found true hope. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; for they are new every day. There is no need for one to live in a state of despair, for truth can transform bad memories into His divine comfort. The memory that may have brought so many dismal and gloomy things into a believer’s life can be trained to carry a wealth of hopeful thoughts and replace them with joy and peace.
Consider where we would be without Christ and how dreary our lives would be without His mercies that fail not. Jeremiah reminds us that there are mercies that continue, “they are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23), to delight the soul day after day. When our mind is fixed on the gospel of Christ and not on the memories stained with sin, we can with great assurance stand before Him with no condemnation, having absolute peace with God.
The gift of memory can keep our hearts from complaining when the circumstances of life are not at all comfortable. When we’ve lost much but we haven’t lost our God, remember, that is when He becomes our all in all. Our sufficiency is from God in knowing He is enough and His gift of memory gives hope to sustain us through every remembrance good or bad.
Lord, may I remember that You are my hope, my expectation in troublesome times, as well as in the best of times.