IBM 704 Digital
Introduced by IBM in 1954 & used at NASA in 1957
One amazing aspect of God’s creation is the human mind.
When I started working with computers "kilobyte" and "megabyte" were unknown terms. The early IBM-704 digital computer had 4K (4,096 bits or ½ kilobyte) of storage. Today’s laptop computers can hold a billion times more information.
All of that pales into insignificance compared to the human mind. Our ability to remember things is truly phenomenal.
With all the distinct capacity to learn and remember, I find two serious problems. One is that too often I struggle in vain to recall a name, place or event I want to remember. The information is there, but it just doesn’t come to the forefront.
I must be diligent to follow good counsel to keep my mind sharp by exercise and healthy eating. This requires self-control, which is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23).
The other problem is that there are things in my life that I very much would like to erase from my memory, but so far I have been unsuccessful. Places I have gone, words that I have spoken, even thoughts that I would like to retract and replace with that which is helpful to others and honoring to God.
This shows the importance of not allowing anything to enter my life that I know is contrary to God’s word. Not only because it is displeasing to the Lord, but because the memory of it will last a lifetime. God forgives, but the consequences of sin leave indelible mental or physical scars. (Romans 12:1-2)
Both of these problems represent a deficiency of the human mind. After all, though we are created in the image of God we have limitations. We are finite beings.
In striking contrast, however, we have an infinite God — almighty, all-powerful and all-knowing. He knows His people. There is nothing that escapes His memory.
Yet, in Jeremiah 31:34 God states "… For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." This shows that, at His decision, He chooses not to recall. It is not that He forgets, but He wills not to remember. There is no deficiency whatever in His memory. What does it mean to "remember no more?" One version reads "their sin will go from My memory for ever." What more could we ask from Him?
Psalm 103:12 reads "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." I am glad it does not say "As far as the north is from the south." We can measure that. But the distance between east and west is impossible to measure. Since He has done all this for us, let us always give Him the praise that is due, and honor Him with our bodies and minds.