THURSDAY,31ST OF MAY 2017
ISAIAH 49:14-16 MSSG BIBLE
But Zion said, “I don’t get it. God has left me.
My Master has forgotten I even exist.”
“Can a mother forget the infant at her breast,
walk away from the baby she bore?
But even if mothers forget,
I’d never forget you—never.
Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands.
The walls you’re rebuilding are never out of my sight
The opening statement of the first verse of today’s study sounds like what many of us believers are saying today.”Does God care if lived or died?He is too busy with important matters to care about me”.Folks, to speak like that shows that we don’t understand the kind of love God has for us,David speaking in Psalms 139 was referring to the overwhelming nature of God’s love and how constantly in God’s sight we are.We speak this way in our moments of grief,pain,worry.Like Peter when he lost sight of Jesus and the word and concentrated on the turbulence of the sea,he began to sink,he thought himself alone,he forgot for a moment that God was with him.
Further into this scripture we see God’s response,He uses the illustration of a mother and her child,what a beautiful picture this paints.An infant sucking at the mother’s breast,can the mother forget that her baby is feeding?she conscious about the baby she is feeding,even if she is doing something else,the baby doesn’t even let her forget because of the way he or she will be sucking,it is a picture of total dependence on the mother.Even when the baby crawls around or walks,her eyes are always on the baby.This brings me to this question, are we totally dependent on God like babies are to their mothers?He also asks “can she walk away from a baby that she bore?Some will say yes,taking that into consideration,here is what he says “but even if mothers forget,I will never forget you,never.”
Let’s take a look at the meaning of the word “never”. In English,it means “at no time in the past or future,on no occasion,not ever.”This meaning isn’t far from the Hebrew,it is “Ou Me” meaning by no means,in no wise,at all,and it carries a double negative strengthening the denial.Never is no casual word,it means what it says.He uses the same word in Heb13;5 saying,”I will never leave you nor forsake you…”
He goes further to show us how he made sure of that,he says “see,I have tattooed your name upon my palm(The Living Bible),see I have inscribed you…..(NASB),see I have engraved you….(NIV). Engraved, is the word used in 2Cor3:7 that scripture helps paint the picture,it is a permanent feature,it can’t be wiped away,he didn’t do it with ink,it did it with something permanent,like the nails that were driven into his hands.
God will never forget you,neither as he left you, He said He will never leave,you don’t just exist to Him,you matter to Him,you are important, He showed how important by tattooing you in his palm,your worth is the blood of Jesus,the price He paid to redeem you.You might not feel that way,but faith is not your feelings,faith comes with your trust in his word,He has said you are not alone,believe it,He has said he will never leave,believe it.He says he sees what you are going through,you are never out of his sight.
Walk in the consciousness of this truths,make it your confessions daily,I am not alone,God will never forget me or leave me,I am constantly in his sight,always.In that exam hall,before that panel,in that operating room, in that dark street or alley.The three Hebrew boys believed that too,even in the face of the furnace,what heat is greater than that?and the whole nation saw God manifest himself.