Monday Reflection – December 16, 2019
God’s Precious Promises
Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Isaiah 49:15
This verse draws on the extra special connection between a mother and her child. The design of this verse is to show that the love which God has for his people is stronger than that which is produced by the most tender ties created by any natural relation. The love of a mother for her infant child is the strongest attachment in nature. The question here implies that it was unusual for a mother to be unmindful of that tie, and to forsake the child that she should nourish and love.
Isn’t it natural for a mother to show compassion for her child? Absolutely! Isn’t it unusual that she should not pity and succor her child in times of sickness and distress? That she should see her child suffer without any attempt to offer relieve and turn away, and see the child die unpitied and without any measure of care? This is indeed a strange and scarce reality!
These verses are God’s response to Israel’s cry that he had forgotten her. In spite of the myriad of promises he had made to the contrary, and proved by countless acts of might and provision (such as all that was involved in the Exodus), Israel would still insist that God had forgotten her, that she was no longer “the apple of his eye.” Unbelievable! Or is it…?
Have we not been promised, “I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5)? Did our Lord not promise “I am with you always, even to the end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20)? Yet, how often we too yield to feelings of abandonment, listening to the lie of the enemy of our soul as he whispers that we’ve been left adrift to fend for ourselves in this maze of decisions called life. The cry can rise up in our spirit, like Israel’s, “He has forgotten me.”
Today, God says, “Even if a mother forgets her nursing child and shows no compassion, I will not forget you.” More than that, God says in verse 16 “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” What an awesome promise by God! As we contemplate God’s promise, we need only to reflect on this season of Advent and the meaning of Christmas to realize how much God loves us. He offered to us the gift of his only Son as the ultimate demonstration of his care and love for us.
Paul reminds us in today’s New Testament text, “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
So we pray, Father, remind us that all your promises are sure, especially your promised presence with us. Forgive for the times when we interpret your silence as indifference. Rather let us see such times as faith-stretching. Use your precious promises to increase our anticipation for the time when we will see you face to face, in all your glory. Amen.