“But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.’
‘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.’”
Isaiah 49:14-15 (NIV)
C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) is often regarded as the greatest preacher ever in the English language. He attracted crowds in the thousands. He could look over the 5,000 people in the auditorium of his church and name all there that he baptized. He possessed what we often call a “photographic memory”.
We, who do not possess such an amazing gift, can only imagine what it would be like to have total recall of the past. Would it be a blessing or a burden? Would we wish some memories erased? Would we favour some memories above others?
It seems remarkable that the Lord speaks of His amazing memory in terms of how He calls His people to mind like a nursing mother recalling her infant. Can there be a more tender and powerful memory of a loved one than that? Hardly!
Believer you are securely locked into the memory of your Father in heaven. He fondly calls you to mind with merciful, tender and gracious thoughts. To a Hebrew person to “remember” someone meant active participation with the one remembered. So, for the Lord to “remember” us, it means He involves Himself with us on a daily basis just as a nursing mother lovingly attends every moment to her child.
Believer can you doubt your father in heaven cares tenderly to all of your needs today? Do you not understand what Zechariah 2:8 (NIV) means when it reads,
“whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—“.
You are known altogether, loved forever, remembered carefully, cared for tenderly, attended to lovingly, so rise up to the work of the day. Be strong in the strength of the Lord and the power of His might and win the well fought day.
Soldiers of Christ, arise,
And put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies,
Through His eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
And in His mighty pow’r,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts
Is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might,
With all His strength endued;
And take, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God,
That, having all things done,
And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone,
And stand complete at last.