|Isaiah 49: 14-18 Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”15 “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!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
17 Your children hasten back,
and those who laid you waste depart from you.
18 Lift up your eyes and look around;
all your children gather and come to you.
As surely as I live,” declares the Lord,
“you will wear them all as ornaments;
you will put them on, like a bride.
Israel was in trouble. Again. It seems that “God’s people” would never learn that they were, indeed, God’s people. Like many people today who ignore God, pretend God doesn’t exist, or simply don’t care whether God is around or not until something goes terribly wrong and then they start praying and asking for prayer, the Israelites had come to their senses and had started asking God for help……and this time they were truly concerned that God had given up on them. Forgot about them. Isaiah speaks to the people and assures them that God will deliver his people.
Isaiah assures the people that the Redeemer of Israel will come in the day of salvation for his people. He reminds them that in times of captivity, in times of terror by kings and princes, if they but worship God, who is faithful, a very powerful word will be placed in their hearts. He reminds them that God is faithful, and that in the past they escaped from one place to another. When the nation is faced with devastation , occupation, and deportation by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army, the people of Israel thought “Has God has forgot us?” but God says through the prophet Isaiah ‘me forget you?”
Have you ever seen someone with a loved one’s name tattooed on their arm? What about the guy with his children’s picture tattooed on his shoulder? Verses 15 and 16 of today’s passage tell us that God has US tattooed in the palms of His hands. We are ever with God and he cannot forget about us.
Any storm shows us God’s voice and demonstrates His power. We might ask, “Lord, have you forgot?” We wonder how He can be present in the middle of your trials and in the midst of the intensity of the storm. You, however, remain first in God’s thoughts. He thinks of you, maintains you, gives comfort, and gives you strength. When you are going through the worst that can you can go through, know that God has not forgotten you, and will never forget you.