Matthew 7:22-23 – Many will say to Me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness." (NASB)
When my husband had car trouble, he placed a collect call to my parents, because he needed a ride home.
The operator asked my mom to accept the phone charges from "Ron".
"Ron who?" she cried indignantly!
We had been married for eight years! Needless to say, mom never heard the last of that one!
It happens to us all. The face may look familiar but the name just will not come. I blame it on our "delicate" age. Where I live, those little embarrassing forgets are called — "Sandy Cove Moments!"
Thankfully, God isn't likely to forget our names. He keeps a book of remembrance called "the book of life".
Revelation 20:15 – And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (NASB)
When we ask Him to forgive our sin, to come into our life as Lord and Saviour, He puts our name on one of the pages of that book!
And then, while He remembers our names, He forgets our forgiven sins!
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will be merciful to their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more. (NASB)
Prayer: Lord, we admit that our memories aren't what they were. Names and faces often escape us. But You, O Lord, You never forget a face, especially when it is turned toward You. Thank you, Lord, for remembering our names, while forgiving and forgetting our sins. In Jesus' name. Amen.