You Are Not Forgotten

Gen 46:2-3 During the night God spoke to him in a vision. "Jacob! Jacob!" he called. "Here I am," Jacob replied. "I am God, the God of your father," the voice said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation."

God was reassuring Jacob. Jacob had lost his beloved Rachel, he thought Joseph was dead, his sons had taken their youngest brother to the governor of Egypt and Jacob was now waiting for their return with food so they would not die. God had been quiet for along time, but He had not forgotten Jacob.

Have you experienced a long period of "silence" in your relationship with God? Perhaps you are feeling forgotten. The Bible is filled with the promise that God is with you and He has not forgotten you, so let's remind ourselves --

Jesus makes this promise to His disciples: John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.

Heb 13:5 For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

Deut 4:31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.

Sometimes the trials in life can make us feel like God has taken a vacation. Imagine Noah, shut inside the ark for 40 days and nights, with the sound of rain falling and constant sloshing in the waves. As far as we know God did not speak to him during that entire time. I'll bet there were moments he felt forgotten. But Genesis 8 begins with "But God remembered Noah".  This does not imply that God got busy with other things and Noah slipped from His mind for awhile, and then He snapped His fingers and said, “Oh my gosh, Noah! I forgot all about him down there!”Rather, in the Bible, the word is used often in the sense of God taking action on His promises.

He will act on our behalf in His time. He remembers. He is faithful to those who are His.Often when God is silent in our lives, it’s because He wants to bring us into a situation where He makes all things new. But sometimes He has to destroy the old before He can remake the new. We can count on His faithfulness during the silence, knowing that He has saved us in the past, He has promised to preserve us in the future, and He is providing for us in the present.



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