I was relieved to find out that I’m not the only one who forgets things. Everyone does at one time or another, according to Karen Bolla, a Johns Hopkins researcher. These are the things people most often forget:

  • names 83%
  • where something is 60%
  • telephone numbers 57%
  • words 53%
  • what was said 49%
  • faces 42%

And if you can’t remember whether you’ve just done something, you join 38 percent of the population.

Followers of Jesus Christ also have a problem with forgetfulness. In high-pressure situations, or when we’re just going through a daily routine, we forget God. We seem to forget that we are His children. We fail to recall what He has promised to do for us. We don’t remember His awesome power and His love. So we try to overcome temptation in our own strength, or to solve a difficult problem by using the wisdom of the world.

David said it this way: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,” which is another way of saying that people rely on their own resources (Ps. 20:7). But then David added, “We will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

How’s your memory today?