The game of Checkers has been around a lot longer than this 1937 scene pictured here. Checkers is thought to be the oldest game in the world dating back over 4,000 years! According to inscriptions found in the temple of Thebes, Egyptian kings took time out from overseeing the construction of the pyramids to play checkers! Lots of famous people have since had a fondness for the game including past presidents, noted scientists and popular sport heroes. Whoever the player may be however, it is certain that they have a “checkered past.”
Today’s verse is a wonderful reassurance for all of us who regret those black squares that mark our past. No one is immune from having that checkered past as all have sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23). But the Lord has promised a forgiveness and pardon that is complete. He blots out every sin and chooses to not remember them. He no longer holds against us all of our failures and disobedience. Jesus took on Himself the punishment for each of those sins.
I would love to be able to “remember my sins no longer.” But the memories remain. And Satan loves to whisper in my ears his accusations. Thankfully, God’s Word is full of reassurances of unconditional love and complete pardon. The Lord graciously softens and blurs memories of past failures. If guilty memories occasionally do reappear, He is there to build me back up. If nothing else, those memories remind me that I am not perfect, but His forgiveness is! When I remember a checkered past I can also remember that His grace is greater than all my sin!
Thank you Lord, for wiping out and forgetting my sin forever!