The older I get the less I remember. I often tell the older members of my church when they have a “senior moment” that they have a lot more to remember from a lifetime of experiences and memories than everyone else does. I am in the position now of having to remember so much that if I do not write it down it likely will not happen. I am sure that on some level you can relate because we all have the common human experience of being forgetful.
We do not think of God having a problem with remembering. But even he put reminders in front of himself in order to remember. The story of Noah is familiar enough to most people so that we remember it. The world was evil. God decided to destroy the creatures of the earth because all were so sinful. He sent a flood, but spared Noah and his family. Afterwards, God made a covenant between himself and all the earth: he would never again send a calamitous flood. Here is what God said about that covenant: “I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh.”
Maybe memory and remembering has less to do with actual forgetfulness and more with priority, commitment, and keeping something continually in front of us. God did not set a rainbow in the sky because he believed he might have a senior moment someday; he put a sign in the sky because having symbols that point to things are important, even for God. We put pictures of our kids on our desks not because we will forget what they look like, but to keep them in front of us throughout the day because we love them. We keep tokens from travels or vacations in prominent places at home not because we will ever forget the experience, but because something significant happened or was decided in that time that was important to us.
The things and the symbols we place all around us have significance. God wants us to remember him, his Word, his saving actions, and, most of all, his Son which is why we have tangible symbols of bread and cup in order to remember the redemptive events of Jesus. Christ is to be continually in front of us, our priority and our love as we live from day to day.
Gracious God, you have made covenants with your people in order to remember them and be committed to them. I desire to remember you in everything I do and say, especially the Lord Jesus who loved me and gave himself for me so that my priorities will be straight and your mercy will be shown. Amen.