by Tammy Phillips
April 19, 2021
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms [of My hands]; Your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:14-16 NKJV)
As I wait for the past due arrival of our great nephew, the focus verse for today brings back memories of my boys when they were first born. The love I felt for those boys was like nothing I had or have ever experienced. Both of my babies were born big, and they liked to eat every two to four hours. At times I might have liked to forget my nursing boys and caught a few more hours of sleep, however, I think it was quite obvious, they did not miss a meal. As David Gusik so eloquently states reflecting on Isaiah 49:15, “The LORD’s affection for His people is greater than the devotion a woman has for her nursing child!” As a mom who nursed and would do anything for her boys, this is hard to fathom. The love of Father God is far greater!
Often times, we may feel forsaken or forgotten. For instance:
- when a loved one betrays and offends us
- when we are diagnosed with a debilitating disease
- when we have prayed and are waiting patiently for the answer
- when a loved one tragically leaves the earth
- when hardships and trials seem to overtake us
When the enemy of your soul tells you that you are not on the mind of our Father. Listen to the voice of our loving Father who says: “I WILL NOT FORGET YOU!” This is a promise we can take to the bank. We are not forgotten. Also, Hebrews 13:5 tells us that He said, “I will never leave or forsake you.”
Have you ever written something important on your hand so that you would not forget it? Isaiah 49:16 alerts us to the fact that this is not an original idea. The Lord did it first.
“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”
The nail scarred hands of Jesus has every one of our names in it. I find it fascinating that those scars were a witness to the disciples of God’s great love for them. His love was so awesome that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be scarred, beaten and killed for us. When Jesus was a nursing babe on the breast of Mary, God knew His destiny and He still sent Him to earth. He was born to die so that we would not be forgotten.
I enCOURAGE you not to so easily forget the great love of the Father when you are going through the most difficult times. Remember, His love is greater than any Mother’s. Do not tune into the enemy who says that you are not important or that God has forgotten you. Listen to the loving voice who says, “ I love you. I will not forget you. I will never leave you. I will never forsake you.” Never is a really long time to be continually before Him.