God's Historical Preservation
“The sons of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. And Reaiah the son of Shobal begot Jahath, and Jahath begot Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites. These were the sons of the father of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi; and Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah.” 1 Chronicles 4:1-4
As I was reading through 1 Chronicles 3 and 4 this morning, I started thinking to myself, “These are families who all have rich histories and yet only some of those histories are saved.” Just think, if there were to be a line for my family, it would read, “The sons of Douglas were Thomas and Timothy.” and that would be it – nothing else for anyone to ever take account of and nothing said about the many ways we have seen God work in and amongst us, the ways we have lived in obedience, and the ways we have failed to live up to the standards God has set before us. But, although mankind has no recorded history of the detailed historical accounts of all these families listed at the beginning of 1 Chronicles, God does and His accounts are preserved forevermore.
For we are told in Hebrews 6:10 that, “...God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name..” God takes the prize when it comes to historical preservation. Whether we like it or not, God remembers everything about us, everything we have done, everything we have thought, and everything we have failed to do. Thankfully though He also remembers His loving kindness towards us and that we are are in need of salvation apart from ourselves. Above all He remembers Jesus and the necessity of the cross to cover all of those sins that we have committed against Him.
But then, when we think that all history is preserved, we come upon this verse: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...” Acts 3:19. Where the words “blotted out” can also be referred to as erased or wiped clean. So, even though God has the ability to remember, for those who repent and trust in Jesus there is a window that allows those things which we have set before God and confessed our sinfulness against Him as their catalyst – He can erase.
From the view of someone intent on saving the entire historical picture of a family this practice of erasing is not the best route to take, but then I am reminded that God is not about compiling a historical account of our sinful and selfish ways. Rather, God is about preserving His account of the salvation of the world and the gift of Jesus, the blotting out of our sins, and the restoration of His creation. That is His far greater story to record and remember than just the day to day account of what every man, woman, and child have done with their time here on earth.
As I ponder the remembrances of God concerning my life and the life of my family, I am in awe of the story He is writing amongst us that is covered in the blood of Jesus. Ours is only such a small part of the bigger story that God is recording and yours is too. One day we will be able to walk through the halls of God's great world history museum and I can't even start to imagine the stories that will fill those halls.
Today, my choices and your choices are being recorded. Make the most of this day and the events God has placed before you because even if your life seems rather small in the world we live in now, in God's history book there is not one small story amongst the pages.