Stephen Paddock recently shocked the world when he gunned down defenseless attenders of a country music festival in Las Vegas. He killed 58 people and injured another 546. Pictures of Paddock have dominated the local and cable news stations for weeks. He joins the ranks of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, Seung-Hui Cho, Adam Lanza and several other horrendous mass shooters in US history. These hideous crimes pale in comparison to Mao Tse-Tung, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim II Sung and other brutal dictators who killed millions during their short time on earth.
These wicked men seek glory and fame, even if their only means to success is through evil deeds and shedding innocent blood. They fail to realize that not only will their fame be short-lived, but the knowledge of their very existence will be annihilated. Psalms 34:16 declares, “The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.”
Their end result will be the opposite of what they seek. There is no fame in evil works of darkness. When God cuts off the memory of them, rest assured, their memory will be no more. The end result of the wicked will be the permanent deletion of the knowledge of their very existence.
After sending these evil doers to eternal damnation where they will be wailing and gnashing their teeth, and where their sufferings will never cease (Matt 3:12, 13:42 & 25:41; ), the All-Powerful God of the Universe will wipe away every memory of them along with every tear they ever caused (Rev 21:4). Their victims and the loved ones of their victims will not remember them. Those who feared them, knew of them or personally knew them, will not remember them. Not even their own parents and siblings will remember them. Evil doers will spend eternity in horrible, blazing torment unbeknown to those enjoying eternal life. They will forever be “THE FORGOTTEN.”
In contrast, the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matt 13:43). 1 Peter 5:4 reassures believers, “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” No good deed will go unrewarded for those who love His appearing (Mark 10:29-30; 2 Tim 4:8; Rev 2:22-23; 1 Cor 2:9). If you seek to make history, make eternal history – seek God and do His will. You will never be forgotten and your reward will be bountiful. You will shine like the sun and receive an unfading crown of glory. Believers will forever be “THE REMEMBERED.”