Does God Have Amnesia?
I’ve recently been studying the life of Samson in the book of Judges. I am not impressed. I see very few signs that he took his call from God seriously. He is self-pleasing. He disrespects his parents. He lies. He sleeps with a harlot. He falls in love with Delilah. He breaks his vows. The Lord departs from him, and he does not even know it.
He suffers for his ungodly choices. Captured and enslaved, he loses his vision, his vigor and his victory. The Philistines mock him. In the end, a beaten, broken, and bruised man, he cries out to God to strengthen him one last time that he might avenge the loss of his eyesight. God graciously grants his request. He kills thousands of his enemies, but loses his life in the process.
That’s how I remember Samson, and I am not impressed!
But then I turn to Hebrews 11, and to my surprise, I find that God has included Samson among the heroes of faith, right alongside such notables as Abraham, Moses, and Daniel. Even more surprisingly, I see no mention of Delilah or any reference to how he willfully broke his vows. The way God portrays him in the New Testament one would think he never did anything wrong. What happened to God’s memory?
Does God have amnesia? He sure talks and acts in the New Testament like someone who does when it comes to recalling the sins of His children.
Listen to what He says in Hebrews 8:12, regarding those who believe in Jesus. “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
So, I guess, the inclusion of Samson among the heroes of faith and the total absence of any reference to his failures really should not have shocked me. After all, God who cannot lie had promised to forget.
Beloved, God’s omnipotent love will not allow His omniscience to recall any of the sins of those who are in covenant with Him through Jesus Christ!
What God did for Samson, He’s done for you who have placed your faith in Christ. And on the day you are allowed to look into the Divine Record of your life, you will be surprised to see how much of your life God “forgot” to include. You will be surprised to see how good God makes you look in Jesus!
God does not have amnesia, but when it comes to recalling our sins, the blood of Jesus sure makes Him talk and act like He does.
Now, if you are forgiven and you know it, this is a good time to shout, Hallelujah! And if you have not yet received God’s free gift of forgiveness, there will never be a better time to do so than now. Why not receive God’s gift today! He’s eager to forget.