Written by Grace Mwaura on October 16, 2023
Once was a king who could not sleep. Much as he tried to sleep, it alluded him. He thought to himself, the only way I can sleep is if someone was to read for me. The king called his servants, who brought him the book of the Chronicles records, hoping that reading would make him sleepy. The scribe began to read on the page the Story of Mordecai and how he saved the king from assassination. The king’s name was Ahasuerus, and this story is in Esther 6. It was common for kings to keep registers, records, annals, and chronicles as memorials of matters of moment and importance.
The Book of Chronicles can also referred to as the Book of Remembrance. This book is a lasting testament to the memory of someone or an event professionally inscribed by a calligrapher. In the bible, the book is to be a record or a register in which the names and deeds of individuals who demonstrated reverence and obedience to God are. It serves as a memorial before God, highlighting the faithfulness of those who honored him and acknowledged his name. The Hebrew word translated as remembered does not mean something forgotten. It means something has been brought to mind or in the spotlight of God’s attention.
Then, those who feared the Lord spoke to each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who fared him and always thought about the honor of his name, Malachi 3:16. Believers in Malachi’s day faced challenges of disappointment with leaders, disruption to worship, and growing coldness towards God. Despite all these challenges, some remained faithful, and Malachi describes them as those who feared the Lord. It is human nature that when things are not going well, we tend to seek other people’s options or thoughts.
Then, those who feared the Lord spoke to each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who fared him and always thought about the honor of his name, Malachi 3:16
As God’s children, we get tempted to think that our work is in vain, wasted, and not bearing fruits. Malachi 3:16 encourages us to understand that God remembers us. There are so many instances in the Bible that God remembers his people. In Genesis, we find three recorded times where “God remembered” Genesis 8:1, 19:29, and 30:22. These verses speak of God remembering Noah, Abraham, and Rachel. God knows all things. He does not need books to remind him of what we have done, but God speaks in a way we can understand. Malachi tells us that God will never forget those who fear him.
What does God remember.? He remembers our works, the things we do for him and the kingdom. The people we draw to him, the difficulty and tribulation we undergo while serving him. God remembers our words; the Book of Remembrance was written before the Lord when his people spoke with one another. God hears what we say to each other and when we speak of faith, hope, and love. The Lord remembers our tears. Psalm 56:8, You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. God knows every tear that has ever rolled down your face. They are all in God’s book of remembrance. God Remembers our desires. Psalm 38:9 You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.
It is good to note that God never remembers our sins. Jeremiah 31:34b, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Paul says that when Jesus went to the cross, he canceled the writing that stood against us. God forgave our sins by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. He set sin aside by nailing it to the cross (Col 2:14). God remembers our works, words, tears, and desires and doesn’t remember our sins. Because of his great mercy that is ours in Christ Jesus. In understanding what God remembers, may we be strengthened as we serve him. May He sustain us in patience until we hear well done, my good and faithful servant, and may he grow us in grace. Esther 6 reveals that Mordecai had foiled a plot to kill the king. What discovery about you upon opening God’s book of records?