Remembrance and its opposite - Third in a series
Nehemiah asked God to remember him for his work in reforming the lives and worship of those who returned to Israel after the dispersion. Remember me, O my God, for good. (Neh 13:31)
Solomon wanted God to remember his father, David, as he asked for his help and presence while dedicating the newly built temple. Perhaps God might not be mindful of him, a man not yet proven, but he would not forget King David! (2 Ch 6:42)
In these instances, the men were not sure whether God might recall their deeds, while in the previous post we looked at some who wondered if they had been forgotten altogether by God.
It is neither possible for God to forget any person nor any deed or even any of our thoughts. He is omniscient. Psalm 139 relates David's amazement at the Lord's in-depth knowledge of his life: For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. (Ps 139:2-4)
There is nowhere we can hide from our omnipresent God. Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. (Jer 23:24)
His remembrance is not restricted to humans. He calls each of billions of stars by their names (Ps 147:4), so he certainly knows each person's name. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Heb 4:13)
He sees when a sparrow falls and more important, the hairs of our heads are all numbered. (Mat 10:29-31) And though such an endearment may not be expressed to the rebellious, He nevertheless is fully aware of all the details of their lives.
In his omnipotence the Lord is able to help us with each detail of our lives and events we cannot foresee. He knows what is in our bank account or refrigerator and can judge our capacity to survive. (Mat 17:27; 1 Ki 17:11-12) Our role? Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:32)