Selective memory


In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;
in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.
So he ended their days in futility
and their years in terror.
Psalms 78:32-33

Our memory behaves strangely. To begin, our memory is selective, that is, we just remember some things and forgets many others. What we forget and what we remember depends greatly on the impact that events have had on our lives. Normally, we only remember what we consider important to us. This says a lot about what we really believe. God has done great wonders in our lives, but how many of them we can recall with precision and at all times? If we forget the great works of God in our lives it is because we have not given to them the importance they deserve and this means that we are not giving honor to God who is the author of them. So it was with the Jewish people when they were wandering in the desert. The Lord gave them protection and guidance. He also gave them water, bread and meat and their shoes and clothes did not wear all those years. Still, the daily worries prevailed over the memories of those great miracles that against all rational explanation they were able to see with their own eyes.

Our behavior is not different from the behavior of the Jewish people. Normally our thoughts are not focused on the memories of the great works God has done for us. This is because we are not giving the importance of these works they deserve. We can hardly bring glory to God if we can barely remember what he has done for us. Would you take a moment now to reconsider all that the Lord has given and has done for you? I invite you to make a list of them. Initially it will be difficult to remember some things but as you progress with the list you will remember more and more. As you make progress with the list you will have before you many reasons to praise God at all times. Instead of complaining about what happens today you can praise God for all he has done for you and it will make your complaints to go the background and even they may disappear completely. Only to God be the glory!

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