Memory Loss

     One of the little tricks life plays as we get older has to do with our ability to remember. The mind God made for us is a marvelous thing but sometimes it seems to go its own way. Things and people that we “know we know” simply slip away from us sometimes for a moment, sometimes longer. There are times that we forget important things and we do that sometimes willfully because it suits us at the moment.

     There is an old saying about those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Earl West often said that history doesn’t repeat itself but patterns of human behavior certainly do. I ran across an example of this that cited the economic history of Spain during the time when it was descending from being world’s most powerful culture to one which had to compete on equal footing with others and from there to the point of being less than a preeminent power. The reviewer of this old book cited parallels of the travails of the Spanish economy and those of modern economies. History may not repeat but patterns of behavior do. As a culture and society we would do well to guard against memory loss.

     We seem to need to relearn even the best lessons. This is true particularly in the spiritual realm. Peter said, “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth” (2 Peter 1:12 NKJV). Peter knew his people. He was one of them. He knew the importance of keeping right and proper principles in the forefront of the mind. He knew what could happen if one forgot, even for a moment, what is important (John 18:15-18).

     So, what is it just here that Peter wants us to remember? Well, it is the whole letter of 2 Peter. That letter teaches that we grow as Christians by adding some things to our lives the “graces” (1:5-11), by subtracting the influence of false teachers from our lives (2:1, 20-22) and by living everyday in holiness and godliness in prospect of the Lord’s return (3:11).

     Peter’s readers were under pressure to forget these things. Peter reminded them that God’s promises are not like those of man. God keeps His Word. Man lies, God does not (Titus 1:2).
We are not surprised that men forget the lessons of history. We are not as sophisticated in those areas as we pretend to be. In fact we are quite dumb. But in the spiritual realm memory loss is much more dangerous. It can cost a soul. So, read 2 Peter and try not to forget.