December 9, 2019
Whatever you have lost, He will give you something greater in its place.
God never forgets“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.”
My wife and I have some dear friends that we love playing card games with. Invariably, at some point in the evening, we all four forget whose deal it is. “It’s your deal. No, it’s my deal. I just dealt”. It makes for a good laugh. Sometimes we will even joke that between the four of us “there is one good brain”.
Maybe this has happened to you as well. My wife or I will be telling someone about something that happened, only to have the other one interrupt and say, “We weren’t at breakfast, we were at lunch when it happened.” “It wasn’t Tuesday, it was Thursday.”
God never forgets anything. He remembers everything. And although the thought of that can be scary, it is very important for us to understand the truth of that about God.
Pastor Greg Laurie explains it like this. “God, being eternal, lives in the eternal realm. All of life is a continuum to Him. The past is present and the future is past. On the other hand, we live in the moment. We remember the past, we somewhat recall the distant past, and we anticipate the future. Yet God sees it all as one duration. He has neither beginning nor end.
God knows the future with complete accuracy, as well as we might know the past—and even better—because He doesn't forget things. Every tear is in His bottle. Every day of sorrow is written in His book. One day, God will make it up to you. Whatever you have lost, He will give you something greater in its place. And you'll understand why things happened the way they did.”
- Devotional by Karl Stoneking