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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

He has not forgotten

Have you ever felt like you have been forgotten? It is that feeling (before cell phones) when someone was supposed to pick you up and slowly everyone leaves the building, lights grow dim, each car carefully pulls away and you are left sitting there all alone waiting. It is an awful feeling as you wait there wondering if anyone will remember to come or how much longer before they arrive. Did they grow tired? Did they just forget? Did something happen? We sit, we wait, we wonder.

And yet recently I found myself approaching the Lord in the same way. Does He hear my prayers? Does He know what is happening right now? Has He forgotten me?

Isaiah 40:27-31 speaks to my heart...

Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “ My way is hidden from the LORD, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Now let's read it in The Message...

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying,"God has lost track of me. He doesn't care what happens to me"?Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?God doesn't come and go. God lasts. He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles,They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind.

Some days I need those words spoken firmly right in my face, "why would you ever complain?" "Haven't you been listening?" The Everlasting God does not get tired or grow weary...He has not forgotten YOU!

"Those who wait (expect, look for, hope in Him... from the Amplified version) on the Lord shall renew their strength."

We can hold on to the promise and the hope that God has not forgotten us, that He does not grow weary or tired, but rather we can choose to wait on Him in hopeful expectation and He will renew our strength to continue on, but not just any strength...He promises to renew our strength so that we will soar like an eagle, run, and walk never growing weary ourselves.

It is His strength that I need renewed everyday!

In Him...Chris

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Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Amen, Chris. I too need those words planted on my forehead. It is so easy to get wrapped up with what is going on around you, and they you complain "Lord aren't you listening to me?" God speaks in the silent still voice, we just need to slow down to hear it.


November 28, 2007 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Thanks, Chris. This is a great and timely post for me as I am sitting at the hospital with my sweet husband. Sure is good to know that God knows....

November 28, 2007 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I pray that your husband is ok...please let us know.

November 28, 2007 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I struggle with thinking because I tend to make the same mistakes continuously, God has turned away for a while instead of just forgetting... I know better but it always helps to be reminded..

Excellent post..:)


November 28, 2007 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Darnelle said...

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable."

I HAVE known and I HAVE heard and yet I forget. My God will not forget me. In fact, it is not possible for Him to forget me! Thank you for the reminder. I should have those verses tattooed onto the back of my hand! Kidding, that would hurt! :)
What a comforting and strong reminder - awesome post!

November 28, 2007 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Oh Chris,

Powerful.... amen.... AMEN!

November 28, 2007 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Thank you so much for the reminder. I love where you said "we can choose to wait on Him with hopeful expectation and He will renew our strength to carry on." Praise God He is our strength.

November 28, 2007 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Thank you Chris!

I needed this reminder again today. God does and will draw near to me when I draw near to Him. Doesn't He deserve my waiting on Him? How long will I wait with my lonely heart to show Him it's Him I'm desperate for. Not that He doesn't want me to feel lonely, but rather that He wants me to WAIT FOR HIM when my weary heart aches with loneliness.

November 29, 2007 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

What a timely reminder... just before Christmas. Don't you know that God's people felt "forgotten" during those silent years between Malachi and Matthew... And then here came that precious baby, a reminder that we had not been forgotten at all. God is so, so faithful.

This was a wonderful post, Chris!

November 30, 2007 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Blessings to you.

November 30, 2007 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

This was beautiful Chris...

November 30, 2007 at 10:52 AM  

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