I’ve been reading my bible again, and going through the book of Job. I’d gone into this book with the assumption of knowing what happens. Job, an upstanding and outstanding man of God, is tested by God and Satan, when Satan causes a whole heap of bad stuff to happen to him. Job goes on a kind of “Woe is me, woe is this, woe is that” spiel for a while, and eventually God appears and explains what happened. Probably not quite right, but that was my understanding of it, not having read the book before.
But I discovered this morning an incredible verse that is so full of life and hope.
Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin
God forgets your sin. This all-powerful, all-knowing God will forget your sin. When you get to heaven, and face God, and – so awestruck by being in his presence – you start apologising for all the sins you’ve committed. “Oh Lord, I’m so sorry that I lied about being an Olympic Athlete. I’m sorry I didn’t call my Mother when I promised that I would. I’m sorry I swore when I stubbed my toe.” Big things, little things, you apologise for them all. And God says, “Did you? I don’t have it marked down on the paper work here, I must have forgotten about that. Well it’s all filled in now, and I’d have to fill in soooooooooooo much paper work (in Triplicate!) to correct it, so how about we just forget it ever happened. Welcome Home!”
Ok, so I may be trivialising it a bit there, but that’s basically it. God has forgotten our sin. And while it says here in Job that he has forgotten some of our sin, the beauty of Jesus is that when he died for our sins, it is as if we had never sinned. Jesus wipes our slate clear, he forgives our sins, so that God forgets that they ever happened.
At the end of chapter 11, Zophar shares what the reward is for believing in God, and for God having forgotten our sin.
“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no-one to make you afraid, and many will court your favour. But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”
Believe in God, and you will stand firm, you will have no fear, you will forget your troubles, and life will be brighter.
I love the second song on this video – Fear Not, for I am with you. When we believe in God, he is with us, and we have no need to fear. He calls us by name, for we are his children. He loves us and cares for us like a father, and likewise we should love him like a father.