Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child
she has borne? Though she may
forget, I will not forget you!”
Isaiah 49:14-15 (NIV)
“I’m late! I’m late!” I yelled at myself. All I could think of was my little boy getting off the school bus and me not being there to hug him and welcome him home!
I was chatting with the ladies at a local church after I had spoken at their meeting when I realized that I had stayed too long and was not going to be home to meet my son as he got off the bus. I always met him at the back door – except today.
I quickly buckled his sisters in their car seats and drove the speed limit (well, maybe a little over) in an attempt to get there before the school bus did. I failed.
My eyes filled with tears as I turned the corner at my home and saw my little boy sitting on the swing set, holding tightly to his lunch box as if he could somehow gain strength and courage from it. I jumped out of the car, pulled him into my arms and wiped the tears running down his face.
He looked up at me and only spoke four words: “Did you forget me?” but the way he whispered them – as if he was hurt beyond belief that I would ever do such a thing – broke my heart.
“Did you forget me?” Have you asked God that question? You’ve been in a situation that has threatened to drown you day after day, month after month – maybe even year after year. And your heart wonders . . . just maybe.
Perhaps you’ve prayed for a prodigal child for years and he or she continues to run from a relationship with the Lord and with you. Or you listened to your doctor share with you that the cancer is back. Maybe it seems like the harder you pray the more distant your spouse seems to be. “Did you forget me, God?” your heart cries.
The Scripture in Isaiah 49:14-15 answers that question emphatically: “I will not forget you!” The Lord is encouraging His people who are going to be in captivity to remember that, no matter what, He has not forgotten them. God knows exactly where they are and what they are facing and, for the moment, He in His wisdom is allowing the situation to happen.
God also knows exactly what is going on in our lives, no matter what we are facing. And He hasn’t forgotten us either. Simply put, He says that a mother could never forget her newborn child and her love for its life. But, even if she did forget, He – God – will never forget us, His children.
Hold on to that promise today, knowing that no matter what storm you are in or crisis you are battling, the Lord is at your side. He has not forgotten you and He is faithful.
Father, thank you for your reassurance in your word that you will never forget me and always stay by my side. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
R.A.P. it up . . .
Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you and what is going on in your life?
Journal God’s promise from today’s Scripture: “I will not forget you!” During your prayer time each day, speak this truth to the Lord: “I KNOW you have not forgotten me. Give me strength and hope for this day.”
Isaiah 49:14-15 (NIV) “But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) “. . . God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Psalm 139: (NIV) “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
(For more of Nancy Hughes' writing, check out her blog, Encouragement from the War Room.)