© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
He has never entered a spelling bee, participated in a knowledge bowl, or appeared on a trivia game show. But God knows everything. “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5). “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33).
God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10). He numbers the stars and knows the plight of every bird (Psalm 147:4, Matthew 10:29). No human ever escapes His attention (Psalm 33:13-14, Proverbs 15:3). He knows the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30). He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. “For God is greater than our heart and knows all things” (1 John 3:20).
God never forgets a single good thing that we do (Hebrews 6:10). Then how fantastic is it to hear Him say of Christians, “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12)? Only a sheer act of merciful, divine will could erase the marks of our guilt from His memory.
Since God is omniscient, “forgetting” is not an intellectual matter with Him. It is a functional issue. Of course He knows what we did, but when we repent He can act just like it never happened. What comfort!
If we accept the comfort, then we must accept the challenge, too: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
We would love to help you to know God’s forgiveness and to find the strength to be more forgiving.