How would you feel if you won the lottery?
Pretty amazing, I’d imagine!
And the feelings of joy and gratitude at your good fortune would last for a long time, wouldn’t they?
Um, maybe not.
Researchers have discovered that positive feelings following a stroke of good luck soon subside and return to baseline. By the same token, people eventually adjust back to their baseline after some misfortune has befallen them.
This phenomenon is called “hedonic adaptation.” Whether your situation is good or bad, you get used to it.
I wonder if something like this happened to the children of Israel after being freed from slavery in Egypt.
Does God have a bit of a memory problem?
It would appear so, according to the Bible.
Several Scriptures tell us that when God forgives our sins, he also forgets them.
Isaiah 43:25 tells us that God blots out our transgressions and remembers our sin no more.
Hebrews 8:12 echoes this: “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
But if God’s memory of the sinful things we did is wiped clean, why isn’t ours?
Why didn’t He arrange it so that we can’t remember our shameful deeds, either?
I’m sure many of us would love to have amnesia about our moral failures, but God knows that this isn’t best for us.
I think there are several reasons for this:
Don’t you love recipes that are so simple that you can easily memorize them?
The ingredients list isn’t too long, and the items are probably measured in even cups or teaspoons, not fractions.
You’ve made the dish so often that the instructions are now fixed in your head. You don’t have to go rifling through your recipe box or searching your online files to find the recipe.
Even years later, you can still bring the recipe to mind and whip up the dish reliably.
You’ll never forget it.
There are things that God will never forget, either.
I heard a pastor say that “God has not forgotten the recipe for manna.”
God still remembers how to cook up whatever you need and get it to you!