“I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you” (Isaiah 44:21).
Down through the centuries, heartaches have come to so many who have prominence in God’s story: Joseph when his brothers sold him as a slave, he was falsely accused and thrown into prison; David when his dad invited all his sons to the special family meal, but not him; Esther when she was taken from her Jewish family and forced to become the property of the king of Persia. They must have felt forgotten, but God didn’t leave them feeling that way. With God’s help, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and was placed second-in-command over the whole of Egypt. God’s spokesman Samuel poured oil on David’s head and he eventually became king of Israel. After prayer and fasting, Esther gained the favour of the Persian king and saved her people. One great thing about God is:
It was never His intention to leave His people desolate, and that includes us. Our assignment may not be to rule or save our nation, but we can trust Him to lift us off the scrapheap.
“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 not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
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