Below is another post from the summer of 2019. This short entry was written on August 24, just over a month when certain events would change the course of our life.
Today I read from Isaiah 49:14-26. God speaks. I did not go looking for this passage, but it was within my reading plan as I walk through hard times. I didn’t hear an audible voice, but reading God’s Word is the same as if I had. God speaks.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16
- Zion (Israel) states that (49:14) “The Lord has forsaken them. The Lord has forgotten them.”
- I know how they felt. I know it isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t sometimes feel as though it is true.
- God answers with a resounding “NO I HAVEN’T”
- God will never forsake or forget his people
- V15 Like a mother, how can God forget his children whom he has given life to?
- V16 They are inscribed on his palms, every act of his hands is for them
- V16 The rubble of the walls around them, are on his mind and he will restore them (the walls and his nation)
- v18 the restoration is coming and will be like a mother who gathers her children back in her home (joy)
- V18 the restoration will prove to have the same joy as a bride being adorned with dress and jewel on that most memorable day when she weds
- V20-21 they Zion, will be multiplied beyond imagination, as contrasted with Babylon in 47:8-9
- V22-23 God will powerfully rule and subdue the nations for his people
- V23 so that they will know that he is alone God
- V23 those who hopefully wait for him, will not be put to shame (hard for them to imagine when they heard this as they were on the edge of being exiled)
These are amazing truths about a God who keeps his covenant love and loves not based on performance, but because of his unbreakable word. Even though trials come, or discipline that feels like suffering from a God who has left his people, God will not, cannot not, forsake his children. There is a better day coming. I don’t know when, but that does not negate the truth that it (the better day) is coming.
Lord, In the midst of trials, thank you that you have not forsaken nor forgotten. You are walking through these darks days with us to bring us more intimacy with our Redeemer. If you accomplish that alone, it is worth it! Let me know you more, know your sufferings deeper than I ever have before.