Isaiah 49:15-16 “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. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”
Someone needs to hear this today: God has not forgotten you.
This passage was written to God’s people when they had been overtaken, captured. Their city had been destroyed. This happened because of their own sin. And even though they deserved it, God still said “I love you. You are not forgotten.”
The moms in the room (the proverbial blog room, that is) are reading that verse first – can a woman forget her nursing child – and responding with a loud “Heck no!” You don’t forget birth. You don’t forget to nurse your baby. There is something about a hungry newborn’s cry. It’s so piercing. It has you shooting up from your slumber. No matter how tired you are, you wake and feed. Unable to forget.
And God chooses this as his parallel.
“Even these may forget,” he says. Unlikely. But isn’t that the point? Of course she won’t forget to nurse her baby.
Neither will I forget you.
“I have engraved you on the palms of my hands,” Isaiah writes the Lord’s message to His people. 1000 years before Jesus hangs and dies on a cross – nail pierced hands.
You are engraved on the palms of his hands. He has not forgotten you.
“Your walls are continually before me.” Remember, these people had just been overtaken. The walls of their city were in ruin, literally crumbled on the ground. Your ruined walls – an outward symbol of a ruined heart – broken, messy, despairing… it is continually before Him. He has not forgotten you.
Maybe you, like the Israelites, brought he consequences on yourself. I was there once – in a pit of despair because of my own bad choices.
Or maybe someone else did something to you and you are suffering because of their bad choices.
Or maybe life happened. Our world is broken. And life has been painful for you.
However you got where you are today … this is still true for you.
“I will not forget you. Your name is engraved on my nail-pierced hands. Your broken, ruined, crumbly walls are right in front of me. I see you. I know you, I love you.”
If you were to turn the page in your Bible, you’d find this 7 verses later… “Those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”
Turn to Jesus, my dear friend. His nail pierced hands are open towards you. Pour all your burdens on Hm. He cares for you. Hope in Him, Wait on Him.
He sees your ruined walls and he has not forgotten you.