GOD WILL REMEMBER 04.07.19 Excerpt
In life we all have our share of difficult situations. Sometimes you feel so overwhelmed by your circumstances that you cannot see your way out. It is at these times that we wonder where God is. You may feel all alone, like you’ve been forgotten by God, but I want to let you today that you are not alone nor are you forgotten. God knows and He will “remember” you.
In the Old Testament, we find the phrase, “And God remembered” in a few places. It is at these times that God acted on behalf of the person He “remembered”. That doesn’t actually mean that God forgot about the person, instead it means that God acted on that person’s behalf. It means that He turned His attention toward them bringing about their deliverance/victory.
Notably, God remembered Noah after the flood causing the flood waters to recede so Noah and his family could leave the ark to begin a new life in a new world; God remembered Abraham by delivering Lot at Abraham’s request before the destruction of Sodom and Gommorah; God remembered both Rachel and Hannah by opening up their wombs to conceive after suffering through barrenness; and God remembered the Israelites after 400 years of captivity because of His covenant with Abraham.
The covenant with Abraham specified that he would be the father of many nations. It also specified that Abraham’s seed would inherit and occupy the land of Canaan. In a specific conversation with Abraham, God told Abraham about the 400-year captivity of the Israelites. He said,” Your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. And, after four generations your descendants will return here to this land.” [Genesis 15:13-14] And, as the cries of the Israelites came up before God, God remembered His covenant with Abraham and determined it was time to deliver them from bondage. God is a covenant-keeping God.
Like the Israelites, we too have a covenant with God – a new Covenant. That is reason enough for God to remember you. This new covenant is a covenant of grace, not works like the covenant the children of Israel were living under. It was impossible for them to keep their part of that covenant. That’s why Jesus Christ is the mediator of our new covenant.
This new covenant is built upon better promises which are many but include:
Comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4).
God’s peace (Philippians 4:6–7).
A promise to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19).
A promise of eternal security. “No one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
A promise that all things will work out for our good (Romans 8:28).
A promise to never leave us [without support] nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5(b).
You are a child of God, a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, and a recipient of the new covenant… and because of that, you can never be forgotten. Listen, it is natural for us to get weary in our sufferings – that’s human nature. And, sometimes we believe we’ve suffered long and hard enough. But though we get weary, we need to hold on and endure hardship as a good soldier. [2 Timothy 2:3]
God will remember you, turn His attention to you in due time, and act on your behalf.