You are not forgotten
By Hayli Lindgren
Do you ever feel sometimes that God has forgotten you? Perhaps that everyone around you is doing greater, more important things. Have you ever wondered “What about me lord?” Well you are not alone, you are in company with many of the historic characters in the bible.
David was the youngest brother, of little significance, sent to look after his fathers sheep while his brothers did something “far more important” in the worlds eyes. His own father didn't even think about calling him when Samuel came to anoint the next king. Even after he had been anointed future king (at around 17) he maybe felt like God had forgotten him, as it wasn't until he was 30 years old that he began to reign as king.
Joseph, a slave to pottifer and imprisoned unfairly for 13 years! Don't you think that Joseph perhaps sometimes felt forgotten, that God didn't see him?
Elisha, one of the greatest of prophets was out in the field, plowing with the oxen, before Elijah called him as his successor. He had such a call on his life and yet was doing something very ordinary and quite insignificant in the worlds eyes. Perhaps even Elisha felt a little forgotten at times. Hoping one day he would do something great.
Gideon, “ The least in his entire family” according to his own words. He thought that God had forgotten him and his people.
“If the lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” he replied to the angel.
Thomas, one of Jesus' 12 disciples perhaps felt like he had been forgotten.
(John 20:24-29) He was the only disciple that was missing when Jesus returned to greet the disciples and tell them he was alive. Maybe he said to himself “Why was I not there when Jesus came, surely Jesus knew I wasn't going to be there? Why have you forgotten about me Lord? ” Thomas then waited 8 days before Jesus came to them again.
Moses perhaps felt forgotten when he was in the wilderness for 40 years. Also his mother perhaps felt forgotten the moment before she pushed her little baby out on the water, never expecting to see him again, an act of desperation.
When you feel like you have been forgotten, encourage yourself by remembering the end of each of the above stories:
David - King of Isreal for 40 years.
Joseph - Second in command over the entire land of Egypt.
Gideon - Mighty warrior, even mentioned in Hebrews 11 as a man of great faith.
Elisha - Prophet, Elijah's successor.
Moses - Led God's people out of slavery.
Your story too will end in victory!You have not been forgotten!
EL ROI is one of the names of God in the Hebrew Bible.The translation of El Roi is "The God Who Sees".
God see's you in the secret place, he see's your heart and in Gods perfect timing, God will open the doors that no man can shut. Jesus states in Luke,
What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. (Luke 12:6)
And again we see, Jesus said,
And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don't worry about food - what to eat and drink. Don't worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Luke 12:28)
I will end with one of my all time favourite scriptures which encourages me everytime I read it;
1 Corinthians 1:27
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.