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Details, Details

Read: Psalm 139:13-16; Psalm 19:1-6; Psalm 103:12; Romans 8:1

Is it only me? Do other people remember what should be forgotten and forget things that should be remembered? For example, this week, I was talking with a friend about how I don't remember much about junior high. It is referred to as middle school in this part of the country. Yet, although many details of those years have hit the road never to come back, I can still remember the first time I heard a certain bad word and the name of the boy who said it. Yet, I can easily forget to purchase an item at the store. That is, until I put the grocery bags on the counter. Details, details!

Perhaps that is why I am so thankful that we serve the Creator/Redeemer Who is the God of details. This week, I read this in CREATION MOMENTS in an article called "The Fastest Flower In The Forest”:

"The bunchberry dogwood flower stands only about one-tenth of an inch tall. Scientists knew that the flowers opened explosively. The flowers do this to propel their pollen further. The scientists decided to find out precisely how fast the flowers really opened. So, they decided to tape a flower opening with a high-speed camera that is capable of taking 1,000 pictures a second. But the camera proved to be too slow. It was only with a camera that takes 10,000 pictures a second that they could clearly see what was going on. They saw that the petals opened, and in a separate action, the stamens unfold so fast that they catapult pollen into the air. All of this happens in four tenths of a thousandth of a second. That’s more than a hundred times faster than a chameleon’s tongue captures lunch. The stamens unfold so fast that they subject the pollen to 2,400 times the force of gravity."

What an awesome Creator we have, One Who has built reminders of His incredible power and detailed work into both the largest and tiniest of His creations. How fascinating to learn of His unfathomable handiwork which He has put on display so that we all might give Him honor and glory, Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1-6.

This is precisely what I need to remember when the details of life seem overwhelming. The God Who crafted the bunchberry flower is the same One Who has promised to care for us, Matthew 6:25-34. There we are reminded that the birds and the wildflowers should be signposts pointing us to the truth that the Lord is at work in the details of our lives. He is the same awesome God Who wove us together in our mothers' wombs, Psalm 139:13-16. All the details of how we are put together, those we like and those that we might like to change were overseen by the Living God of the Details. The intricate way He has crafted each of us and the spiritual gifts He has lavished on us come together so that we can do the good works that He has prepared for us, Ephesians 2:10. In His providence, we lack nothing to accomplish what He desires. He forgets no detail.

There's more. God isn't only an amazing Creator; He is an amazing Redeemer. We surely must know that since He has overseen all that was created, He also sees the details of our sin. He even knows the heart of every man, 1 Samuel 16:7. Everything about us is open before Him, Hebrews 4:12-13. Even the sin we might not know is known by the Lord, Psalm 19:12. If we had to stand in our own righteousness before the God Who knows these details, we would surely be lost. Yet, there is a remedy whereby this detailed list of transgressions can be erased, and it involves Jesus' bearing every sin. He has atoned for each one. Not one of them remains on our record; therefore, we can walk free, knowing that there is now no condemnation for us, Romans 8:1.

Isn't it amazing that the One Who knows the details of each sinner's life has made a way for total cleansing. He has said that He will never remember the sins that have been cleansed by His blood, 1 John 2:1-2. He will not remember our sins against us, Psalm 103:12. Details, details. How precious that the God of details watches over us with intricate care; yet, He has also chosen to erase the details of our sins from our records.

Lord, Thank You for how You remember us but forget our sins. All because we belong to Jesus.

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