August 2017 Devotion

HAS GOD FORGOTTEN?

There are times when we wonder if God has forgotten us. These feelings usually accompany extended periods of waiting or tribulation. Isaiah addresses this issue with the people of Zion. God’s answer applies to our lives as well.

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; the Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” (Isaiah 49:14-16)

God’s passion for us is far greater than we can imagine. The poetic imagery of a mother is incredible. Beloved, The Almighty never forgets His offspring. G9od hates to see His children suffer.

Nothing moves me like watching first graders during the initial week of a new school year. The year is critical and difficult. They must learn to read, write, spell, add, and subtract. Forever gone are the carefree days of preschool. No one wipes their faces or helps them in the restroom. Maturity comes suddenly. Without this important transition, the child’s growth will be stunted.

As adults, we understand the importance of maturity. Therefore, we allow our children to suffer through the difficulties of first grade. We feel compassion towards them, but are wise enough not to interfere. Their sweet exhausted faces remind us that seasons in life are difficult.

Similarly, God allows us to endure difficulties for our benefit. We may feel like chaos has become the norm, but our Lord is watching carefully. He will never stop loving His kids. May the Lord’s comfort today remind you of His faithfulness.