When you were a kid, did your parents ever accidentally leave you at the gas station or the restaurant? Was there a time when each one thought the other one had picked you up from school? Were you left off the invitation list to a special party? Ignored by others in a social setting, at church or at work?
There’s no question that at some point or another we’ve all experienced the pain of feeling abandoned, neglected, or unloved – times when even God seemed so far away. The Old Testament describes an occasion when God’s people experienced that same kind of pain. Isaiah 49:14 tells us, “Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.’”
But God answered, “’Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget. Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.’”
I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. Some translations of this Scripture say “engraved,” “tattooed,” or “indelibly imprinted.” What a powerful picture of the steadfast love the Lord has for us.
Others may forget us or ignore us or leave us off the list. Others may abandon us. But our Heavenly Father never will. Because of His love for us, we are never forsaken. We are never forgotten.
In the New Testament, Jesus gave us this precious promise, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Let these words bring comfort and assurance to your heart today.