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12th July 2023

Not Forgotten


I will not forget you.


Isaiah 49:15




God compared His love for His people with a mother’s love for her child. When the people of Israel felt abandoned by God during their exile, they complained: “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me” (Isaiah 49:14). But God said, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (v 15).


The love of a mother for her newborn child serves as a powerful symbol of God’s love for us. Life has its inevitable painful surprises and upsets, and we can sometimes be tempted to doubt the goodness, protection, and provision of the God who has redeemed us. But as this wonderful Bible passage shows, our heavenly Father could no more forget about us than a nursing mother can turn her back on her child. The example of faithful parental care can serve as a reminder of God’s never-ending love.


When we are distressed or disillusioned, we may feel abandoned by society, family and friends, but God does not abandon us. It is a great encouragement that the Lord says, “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (v 16) to indicate how much He knows and protects us. Even if people forsake us, God will never forsake His own.

Bible Reading

Isaiah 49:13–21.

Prayer

Gracious Lord God,no one could love me more than You.I bless and I praise You, in Jesus name. Amen.










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