Do You Feel Forgotten by God?
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name…” (Isaiah 40:26 NIV)
Have you ever felt like God passed you by? Have you ever been in a situation where it looked as if God were working in the lives of other people, but somehow you’d been left out of the shuffle? A whole nation felt like that when Israel was in the Babylonian captivity. They knew the promises of God, and they believed that God had power, but they felt that God had forgotten them.
Our compassionate God knows that we go through that sometimes, so he addresses his people through the prophet Isaiah, and we are left to do some soul-searching: Doesn’t the God who created the universe out of nothing and put all the stars in place, have the power to take care of our situation? He didn’t make the stars in his image; he made us in his image! If he knows the stars by name, then, does he not know our name?
The prophet tells us that God’s understanding no one can fathom. This includes the way he’s looking at our individual situations today. We may not understand his purpose, we may not understand his timing, and we may not understand what he has planned for us. That’s because all we’re looking at most times is the surface situation and how we feel; and when God acts he doesn’t necessarily check to see if we’re in agreement. His ways are not our ways, but they’re perfect and just and perfectly designed for us.
If you’re facing a dilemma in your life and feel forgotten by God today, just know that though it might seem as if he has taken his eyes off your situation, he may be planning something for you at this very moment that you can’t even imagine!
Read Isaiah 40:25-28.