It's painful being forgotten. Especially by someone we love. I try not to take it personally because life has a tendency to become busy, making meaningful communications less frequent. But sometimes, admittedly, I feel as if I am forgettable.
Throughout the Bible, there were great people who felt forgotten. Guys like Job and Jeremiah struggled to comprehend if their misfortune was a result of God's lack of attention. Even as Jesus hung on the cross, he verbalized despair over God's apparent absence (Matthew 27:46).
In reality, God was never preoccupied nor was he uninterested in what was happening in those anointed lives. Quite the opposite. God's love and attention to every detail in their destinies were choreographed perfectly to glorify God's overflowing care.
As much as our loved ones may disappoint us by not being there when we need to talk, forgetfulness is not in our heavenly Father's vocabulary. As a matter of fact, he loves us so much that he, "...engraved you on the palms of my (his) hands…" (v. 16). That is an extraordinary encouragement that won't change because to do so would be in contradiction to God's character.
As chaotic and hurting as this world can be, today's promise is God's heart and mind for us. As believers, we know the truth behind God's motives. We are his precious children, permanently engraved upon him. Share this truth today with those around you who might be feeling forgotten.
Father God, even though there are times that I may feel forgettable, thank you for keeping me in the truth of how unforgettable I am in your eyes. Then, help me share this truth with those I encounter who may be feeling forgettable as well. It is in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Go Deeper — Make it a point today to call someone you have not spoken to in a while. While you are at it, remind them that God never forgets about them either.
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