Isaiah 49:13-16 says, “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before Me.” You, Christian, are engraved on the palms of God’s hands. You are continually on His mind. As you can see from this verse, He does not forget His own. All through history God’s people, in their affliction, have thought that God has forgotten them. Those feelings you have are nothing new. But He assures us over and over in His Word that we are not forgotten and that He loves us.
We might feel forgotten at the times when God really does take a step back and withdraws for a little while, although He does not ever leave us. We have a good example of this in the Old Testament with King Hezekiah. In 2 Chronicles chapter 32, verse 31 we see that “God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.” God left Hezekiah to himself for a time. In this case, Hezekiah was getting a little bit proud. God had richly blessed him, and he was thinking a little too highly of himself. Sometimes God has to test us, too, by leaving us alone. That is when our true colors show through, and our true self is revealed. Sometimes it can be a bit ugly. But even that revelation can be of benefit to ourselves as well as God.
Jeremiah 17:10 says, ” I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Your true integrity and character will come out on your worst days of pain and suffering. Can we all agree on that? You can even be one of the people who has helped others through trials, and then when one comes your way, you may falter a little. We see in Job 4 verses 3 through 5, that going through a time of testing can be difficult even for the spiritually strong. Here, Job’s friends tell him, “Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.” Job had most likely counseled people going through troubles, but his own testing made him weary and troubled. Those times will expose every weakness, even weaknesses you didn’t know you had.