Unforgettable

October 7, 2010

“Can a women forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” – Isaiah 49:15-16


Over the past few weeks I have been reading and thinking about that piece of Scripture. It has really spoken to me and has been an encouragement to myself and those I’ve shared it with. I hope it serves as an encouragement to all who read it.
The context of this Scripture shows the people of Israel, God’s chosen people, as feeling abandoned by God. They no longer felt like his people whom he loved and no longer believed that he would come through for them. They lost all trust in their God and came to the conclusion that God had forsaken and forgotten them.
God responded to this by first asking a simple question: ‘Can a women forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?‘ Is it possible (not probable) for a women to forget the child she is breastfeeding, and have no compassion for her own child? A mother and her child share a special bond. Most mothers have an incredible attachment and sense of love and protection over their children.
However God knows that even though it’s not likely, it is possible. We all know this saddening fact. The Bible itself tells of mothers who boiled their own children, and in these present times we are all too familiar with children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected, and slaughtered. God knew that this was a horrifying truth. But God carried on to say that though the strong bond that a mother has for her child can be corrupted and broken, his bond of love for us can’t. That though they may forget their children, he won’t forget his.
God carries on saying, ‘Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.‘ God speaks through the prophet Isaiah and looks forward to when Jesus would be nailed to the cross driven by his love for us. He says look and see the scars on my hands that serve as a reminder of my love for you. See that you are forever engraved on my palms.
The walls refer to our lives that are continually before God. He is watching over us always, and if he ever did take his eyes off us for a moment he’d see the scars on the palms of Christ Jesus that serve as a reminder to God, Satan, angels, demon, and ourselves that God has never forsaken nor forgotten us. And he never will.
We are the apple of his eye.
The Lord’s Servant
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