I Remember My Faults
Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day.”
Eventually the chief butler remembered the words of Joseph, “Remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.”(1) Too often, we forget things that are asked of us, or we forget commitments that we make. However, when they come to our remembrance, we are to do as the chief butler did; repent and keep our pledge. Whether I have missed an appointment, failed to keep a promise, or forgot to do a task, when I do remember, I should repent and say; “I remember my faults this day.” “I forgot” is not a legitimate excuse; we must always repent. Forgetfulness, other than toward another’s forgiven sin, is an act of carelessness. Carelessness is sin: it is saying, “I couldn’t care less.” Therefore, when we have forgotten and then remember, let us not attempt to excuse or defend ourselves, but let us simply say, “I remember my faults this day.”
(1) Genesis 40:14
Text For The DayGenesis 41:9: Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day.”
Thought For The Day“Carelessness is the initial phase of sinning.” Edgar Brightman, Marriage Partnership
Questions To Ponder
Does ignorance of sin diminish the sin (Acts 17:30)?
Is there a cost to sin even if done unknowingly (Romans 6:23)?
When we are careless are we sinning (Titus 3:8)?
Morning Study GuideDefinition: The connotation of the butler’s repentance appears to be self-motivating. It most likely was said to find favor with Pharaoh, not God.
Reference: “Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him,” Genesis 40:23
Application: Be careful to keep your word and to keep it for the right reason.