“Yet Zion says, ‘The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us;’ ‘Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would never forget you!'” — Isaiah 49:14-15
I recently read an old newspaper account of the tragedy of “The Forgotten Woman,” Hattie Hollowell. It seems that, at the age of eighty-three, she was incarcerated in the city jail in New York for contempt. She was unwilling, or unable to give an accounting for the small estate of her deceased daughter.
Mrs. Hollowell spent three and a half years in the city jail, overlooked by the system and without being brought to trial. Her lawyer ignored her. Her family abandoned her. Her friends forgot her. However, when this injustice was discovered, the legal machinery moved rapidly and she was released.
There are probably days when we feel alone, deserted, unimportant, and ignored. The streams of life go rushing on and we are trapped in an eddy of insignificance. It seems as though we make no difference to anyone. We can become convinced that we are doomed to be forsaken by everyone, echoing the cry of the psalmist, “No man cared for my soul” (Psalm 142:4).
God’s Word tells of the time when the Israelites felt forsaken by God. It was then that Isaiah reminded them that God could no more forget them than a loving mother could forget her little child. What a wonderful thought and marvelous truth: God Himself promises us that He will not forget us!
Whenever you feel that God has forgotten or forsaken you, you need to stop and correct your thinking. He knows the number of hairs on your head, the hurts of your heart, and days of your life…even before they began. It could be that He has not forsaken us, but that we have forsaken Him.
He will never forget you…believe it!