Has God forgotten you?
Some days it may really seem that way. Things may not be going exactly how you envisioned it all to go. Seems like you’re working hard for nothing. Seems like you’re all alone. Seems like this year, so far, is really not your year.
But is that really the point? Is the point of life to live just so you can be happy, just so God can grant you your heart’s desires? I’m going to have to say no, that is definitely not the point of life. If we believe that there’s a bigger picture than just a selfie of ourselves, then how do we end up in the boat of thinking God has forgotten us?
The worst feeling as a kid is when you’re waiting for your mom to come pick you up after school. Thoughts race through your head as time ticks on. She must have forgotten. Most of the time, the reason your mom was late to pick you up wasn’t because she forgot (although, sometimes that does happen, too…). Your mom was working hard. She was at home getting ready for your arrival. She was at work finishing up an important project last-minute. She was helping others. She was speeding through traffic, just to get to you. She didn’t forget. She was just working hard…for you. She was working for your well-being, for your safety, for your future, for your happiness. She knew that the few more minutes you would have to wait would be okay. She knew you would be okay.
Minutes fly by before we know it. Then days come and go. Soon enough years have passed and all that fills our minds is what we could have done or what hasn’t happened yet. We think about all the stuff we want to see happen next. We can’t understand why nothing is happening. We are at a standstill. God has forgotten us. That is the only valid answer to why life is going the way it is.
As sad as it is to write all of this out, these are the thoughts that cloud our minds and fill our hearts. We don’t believe God is for us. We don’t believe He is working for us. We don’t believe that He came here only for us. He took our place on the cross all while whispering in our ears, “I love you, don’t you know that?”
Sure, so much time has gone by. We wait, we hope, we expect and sometimes we are disappointed.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
But what about all of the times Jesus has surprised us? What about all the times He has shown up in huge ways? Like the time He got us through the college years. I’m pretty sure the majority of us never thought we would make it through all the long, arduous days and nights and classes that pushed us to the brink of our sanity. What about the times He has provided us with jobs – jobs that we don’t deserve? Okay, let’s step back from temporary things. Remember the time God saved you from a relationship that wasn’t about Him? He gave you a second chance (or maybe even third or fourth) to do things right. He saved you from a lifetime of misery. What about the people He has placed in your life and the sweet relationships He has gifted you with? Do you think it is because of you that you were given the best sisters or brothers in Christ to do life with? Do you think it’s because of the hard work you put in that you are blessed with selfless and loving parents who love the Lord? Think twice. It wasn’t because of you. None of it is because of what you have done and what you deserve. All of the good things, they are all from Him. And the things that hurt, the trials and the tests, they’re good too. He is working tirelessly for you. He sits by God’s right hand interceding on your behalf. He has not forgotten you. He actually loves you enough to refine you into precious silver. He’s putting you through fire knowing that you will come out looking impeccable.
Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Do you really think He could ever forget you? He holds the worlds in His hands and still He chose you. Nothing can separate us from His love.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written,“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He loves us, forgives us and rescues us when we least expect it.
He saved us.
The real question here is, have we forgotten God?