I thought of you in transition. It has been hard.
You’ve lost loved ones. Some may have lost a home or relationships due to a move or another event.
Or maybe you wait for God to provide a job or a way out of difficult situation.
Still others of you may wait for a baby, or for a relationship to exist, or to change for the better.
And you wonder sometimes if God sees and cares about you.
You might not voice your doubts but they linger like a song playing in the background.
In your head, you know He loves you, but you struggle to know it in your heart.
Your theology is more intellectual than heartfelt.
May I assure you: God has not forgotten you.
In advance of Judah’s forced exile to Babylon, Isaiah writes of God’s remarkable promise to them. So when Judah (then the southern kingdom of Israel) was in exile and wondered if God had forgotten them, they could have hope.
Isaiah reminds them ahead of time: God hasn’t forgotten you though you’re suffering as captives in exile.
God compares himself to a nursing mother with a baby at her breast, and he says even though she may forget her child, he will not forget Israel (Isaiah 49:15).
Because I nursed our daughter, I can’t imagine forgetting to feed her or turning a deaf ear to her cries.
Yet we may know of moms, who because of duress or stress, forget to care for their babies. Moms who didn’t have the capacity to bond or connect with their child.
Yet God says He won’t forget Israel in view of one of our most primary relationships: a mother to her baby.
Though Israel’s circumstances may suggest otherwise, God makes the audacious claim: “I will never forget you!”
In seminary, our Old Testament professor said when God “remembers,” it doesn’t mean “Oops, God forgot, and now he remembers.”
It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. 2 Corinthians 5:7 MSG
Instead when God “remembers,” it’s always connected with action.
For example, God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, so he acted to deliver the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. He called Moses to lead his people out of slavery.
Has anyone ever forgotten to meet you? You sit and wait and wait at a coffee shop, but your friend never shows up. Or worse, a loved one forgets his or her promise to be faithful to you.
God promises to be faithful (1 Cor. 1:9). He keeps his promises.
Whatever God promised to you and me will happen on God’s timetable, not yours or mine.
But as we wait, we can trust God is working in us to conform our character to Christ, even as he works behind the scenes on our circumstances.
I learn again and again: God wants me to walk by faith and not by sight. He wants me to believe his promises even when I can’t see how they can possibly be fulfilled.
So today, I pray God will give you and me the grace to walk by faith and not by sight. May we believe in faith that He has not forgotten us; He intends only the very best for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
The Message translation of 2 Cor. 5:7 says, “It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going.”
Let us keep trusting in God’s faithfulness and keep walking forward, step by step as God leads.
Let’s sing a song of trust in God because God remembers us. God hasn’t forgotten you and me.
This has been my prayer as I’ve written and worked through the ups and downs of publishing 7 Days of Soul Care.
My short term goal is to raise $500 for International Justice Mission from royalties of the sale of 7 Days of Soul Care. It seems impossible for a small blogger like me but God can do the impossible. Let’s not forget those caught in slavery.
When or how are you tempted to believe the lie that God has forgotten you?
What helps you to keep trusting God for what you don’t yet see but you believe God’s promise to you? (For me, I write down and pray God’s promises, and I ask for the grace to trust and believe.)
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