13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth;
and break forth into singing, O mountains:
for the Lord hath comforted his people,
and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me,
and my Lord hath forgotten me.
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child,
that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands;
thy walls are continually before me.
17 Thy children shall make haste,
thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
Have you ever felt like God has forgotten you? I had been feeling that way for a while, because I couldn’t find a job. It was very disheartening to me, because I have a thing about having something to show for what I have achieved during my day, and there was little to show for it. I also hated the continual rejection of my resumes – it made me feel worthless. (Now, I know that I am not supposed to get my identity from what I do, but I’m just being honest. )
Maybe you’ve been praying for something and it hasn’t happened. Maybe God has you in a season of solitude or inactivity. Maybe you just want a sign that God is still there and acknowledges your existence. Whatever it may be, you just feel forgotten.
That is why Isaiah 49:15 is so comforting to me. He has come right out and said He will never forget me, no matter what. That statement comes right after He repeats what Israel has been thinking: that she has been forgotten. For those of you who are mothers, His imagery of a baby breastfeeding really brings the point home.
When my children were little, I would have recurring dreams that I had left the house for some reason and had forgotten the children, leaving them alone at the house. I would wake up sick to my stomach at the thought that I could possibly do that. However, I never ever feared forgetting a child that was breastfeeding. Why? Because that would be an impossibility. It was connected to me, and I could never forget its presence while it was literally connected to my body.
And we are always connected to Him, never separated by distance or any earthly or spiritual division. I love the following scripture also, which points out that even if we are faithless, He cannot deny us, because we are a part of Him.
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
We cannot believe our erratic feelings. We must choose to believe the word of God. And the word clearly says He will not forget, forsake or leave us – ever!