Day 227: Grace-Filled Forgetfulness (Jeremiah 31:33-34)

3 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34)

Through the Bible: Jeremiah 30-31

I will be the first to tell you, I don’t have a great memory. A few years ago, my wife gave me a great birthday present: a key ring with an embedded Bluetooth chip. When I can’t remember where I left my keys, all I have to do is push a button on my phone, and my keys will start playing a little song until I find them.

It’s a great gift, but there were two problems. First, when I couldn’t remember where I left my phone (which was often the case), then I couldn’t push the button to play the song. Or (as was even more often the case), when I don’t plug in my keyring to recharge, it won’t respond when I tell it to play its little song.

In verse 34, when Jeremiah says that God will “remember our sin no more,” it isn’t because He has a bad memory. It’s because He chooses to forget! When God forgives our iniquity, He makes a deliberate decision no longer to remember our sin.

But this is just the second of two great promises in today’s passage. In verse 33, God promises to put His law in our inward parts so that we will never forget it. Like that Bluetooth chip in my keyring, God causes my heart to always sing out to Him! But, also like that key ring, if I don’t consistently recharge by spending time with God in His word, my heart won’t sing when God calls to me.

Father, You help me remember Your law, and You choose to forget my sin. What a great trade! Thank You!

Author: James

I pastor Glynwood Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama. I read a lot, write a little, and drink lots of coffee. I have three callings in life: surrender to Christ, be a husband to Trish, and be the best father/grandfather I can be. Everything else is an assignment, because everything else can be done by someone else.

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