Who remembered us in our low estate, For His loving kindness is everlasting. Psalm 136:23
Have you ever found yourself in a season where you feel like the Lord is not hearing your prayers? Maybe, you feel like He isn’t responding to you. You feel like He has gone MIA? Does it seem like you keep getting handed difficult things to overcome repeatedly without seeing clearly His intervention? Or that He overlooked the desires of your heart and you’ll just have to figure out how to move on? Are you wrestling with a feeling of being abandoned by the Lord? Simply put, right now in this moment you feel forgotten by the Lord.
I have been there too, and the pain is real. BUT, God. I am learning in my walk with the Lord that the truth is, God can never forget! God doesn’t forget the call He placed on our lives. God doesn’t forget the desires of our heart that He placed in there. He hasn’t forgot that we are His children and therefore His responsibility. What happens is over time when faced with difficult circumstances and delays we get an impression that God has most certainly forgot about us. It is easy to assume that God has abandoned us when we are in the middle of something that is hard and He seems to be silent. BUT the truth is God can’t forget! He is omniscient, He knows all things. Beloved, God is still with you in the thick of all the mess. He sees you right now where you are, and He is working all things together for your good and for His Glory. (Romans 8:28)
We can find comfort in our key verse knowing that God remembers us and his loving kindness towards us is everlasting. When we read in the Bible that God “remembered” something, it is not implying forgetfulness. It is an anthropomorphism, God merely speaking as if he were a man. God always remembers—it is part of His nature. The statement that “God remembered” actually places an emphasis on His faithfulness and everlasting care toward us. When we go back to His Word and dig a little deeper, we can be encouraged by what we see when God remembers a person or group of people.
God was faithful to Noah before the flood and after the flood. “God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark” (Genesis 8:1)
For years Hannah wept and petitioned the Lord to conceived a child. Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her. (1 Samuel 1:19)
God heard Rachel’s desperation to give Jacob children. Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. (Genesis 30:22)
Abraham stood still before the Lord petitioning Him to spare the righteous from the destruction of Sodom. Thus, it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived. (Genesis 19:29)
The Israelites would not be defined by their slavery but by their convenient relationship with God who heard their cries and who saw their affliction. During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. (Exodus 2:23-24)
We can continue to wait earnestly with hope for He will remember. God will show his loving kindness and faithfulness towards us. Because, God is who He say He is. God will perform the word He has spoken over your life in His perfect timing. Because, God will do what He said He will do. You can rest in knowing that nothing you could do or have done changes the love of the Father toward you. Because, you are who God says you are. Find some time to get quiet and remind the Lord of the Promises He spoke over your life. I like what James Boice says, “The hope is not in reasoning that God is aware of all things and is therefore aware of you. That is true, but not always helpful. The hope is in knowing that God will act again! And in the meantime, your job is to go on in faithful obedience to what he has already shown you — however long ago that may have been.” Let us ask the Lord to remember us. To act again on our behalf! He is ever faithful and He will show us His loving kindness again. We must do as Paul charged Timothy and remember the prophecies previously made concerning us that by then we may wage the good warfare. (1 Timothy 1:18)
God is not overwhelmed with our request. He is not a God that can not handle our persistent prayers. God does not get flustered in hearing His children petition the throne of grace. God knows you by name. He knows the very number of hairs on your head. As children of God we are beneficiaries to the Promises He has made, and in Him they are yes and amen.
(2 Corinthians 1:20)
Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people; Oh, visit me with Your salvation. Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. … (Psalms 106:4, Psalm 119:49-50)