According to a recent news report, US military researchers are developing a brain implant that could one day restore a wounded soldier’s memory and even tackle Alzheimer’s disease.
Whether these researchers succeed at their goal will be interesting, but if you can fix a fading memory not only will you be on every talk show in the world, but maybe you’ll finally remember where you hid the afikomen when you were seven and ruined your family’s Passover celebration.
Let’s face it, even on our good days we forget many things, from car keys to appointments to what’s-his-name who is related to your great-great-grandfather back in the old country.
Being able to remember is part of our personality. It’s what keeps us connected to our past, our people, our guilt, and our identities. If we lose that, we lose our sense of self.
So restoring our memory would be to renew our life. But there are things we’d probably rather forget.
The Scriptures tell us we were created to be in harmony with God and the world, but that something went terribly wrong in the Garden of Eden that destroyed that harmony. That’s such a distant past we hardly pay any attention to the memory hints our hearts give us. Instead we’ve quieted that voice with distractions and destruction. And it keeps us imprisoned to ourselves so we can’t remember God anymore.
That’s why God came up with a solution to our desperate need. His is a better implant than anything our military can come up with. It’s called a new heart, a heart that resonates with God’s life and love. And he gives it for free to anybody who asks for it.
“And I will give you a new heart, and I new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 26 verse 26 ESV
While the military implant may take years to become a reality, you can have a new heart right now and with it a memory of the love God has for you by giving you his very best, his son Yeshua (Jesus) who paid the penalty for your sins so you could be set free.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53 verse 5 ESV
Ready for a new heart?