Over the next few days, we will be exploring four assumptions that will help us develop a life of gratitude. If we remind ourselves of these points each day we will be on our way to transforming our vantage point in life and magnifying God over our Good Day Enemies. The first assumption that we must understand is that God is faithful.
“Can a woman 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” Isaiah 49:15 ESV
“I will not forget you” is such a powerful promise of commitment. You might expect to hear this at the end of a “chick flick” when the lovers are forced to separate by powers outside their control. Or when Katniss Everdeen in the popular movie, “Hunger Games”, is stripped away from her family to participate in a gruesome sport using children to demonstrate the ‘balance of power’ in a society gone mad. But this verse isn’t expressing this kind of commitment. This strong expression is coming from God Himself to you and I. “I will never forget you!”God illustrates his love for us by comparing his commitment to that of a woman who has just birthed a baby she is carried in her womb for 40 weeks. The imagery is that of a newborn baby nursing at the bosom of her mother. God asks, “Can a mother forget her baby who is literally physically connected to her?” Sadly, He acknowledges that this might even be possible for a mother entrapped in a sinful nature.
I have watched as a woman abandoned the needs and care of her child because of drugs and irresponsible relationships. In our culture, there is an ‘expectation’ that a father is more likely to be indicted with this error..but a mother, surely not? Yes, in the worst of conditions a mother can turn away and reject the child birthed from her own body. In this context, God looks at you and I and says strongly, passionately, “But I WILL NEVER forget you!”
He is faithful no matter what. This is why we can “focus on good, no matter what.”
Paul talking to his spiritual son, Timothy, makes a similar statement when he writes, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13) God’s commitment to us is never threatened by ruthless enemies or even our surprising faithlessness at times. This comes from Paul who understands our sinful nature can get the best of us and yet even in those times God doesn’t give up on us. He is faithful.
The Psalmist also contributes to our instruction for today, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
He is faithful. His love endures forever. He will never forget you.
Start your day meditating on this assumption. This thought will give you the power to let go off the past, endure the present, and embrace a hope for the future. If you are reading this devotion, he isn’t finished with you yet. And “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
He will never forget you. He is faithful. And that settles it. Today’s challenge:
Make the following declarations and spend five minutes meditating on how much God loves and His relentless faithfulness to you.
Say these three phrases out loud with strength:
“God’s love for me endures forever.”
“God will NEVER forget me, no matter what.”
“God is faithful!”