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“But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you. ”
https://ref.ly/Is49.14-15;esv

  • The Problem: God’s people were afraid that God had forsaken them. This is a lament and it is set forth in honesty and despair.  Will God forsake his people?  Has he forsaken them?  It’s an all too common issue and anyone who has read a missionary biography or understands church history knows that this is an issue that comes up again and again. God, for purposes that we don’t fully understand, seems to appear to abandon his own people from time to time, to danger and difficulty.  Israel was going to be judged for her idolatry, would God abandon his people forever?
  • The Response from God:  I will not forget you. God’s response is given in a solemn promise and both God’s character and history itself demonstrate that what God promises here is true and he will do it.  He will not forget his people. The ESV Study Bible entitles this section: “Human despair is more than offset by divine grace.”

    Sit back in your chair and breathe in that truth for a minute.  God will not forget his people. This is his promise.  This is his oath. This is his character.  Kings will not cause him to abandon his promise. Time will not cause him to abandon his people.  Opposition, danger, and difficulty are hand maidens to our sovereign God and no more stand in the way of his promise here than a bunny rabbit could block an elephant.  God has done what he promised in the past; he will do what he has promised in the future.  He will not forget his own people.

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”” (Numbers 11:23, NLT)

In this case, we cringe because what the Lord has said will happen is that the people will be inundated with quail, so much quail that “You will eat it for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it. For you have rejected the Lord, who is here among you, and you have whined to him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” ’ ”” (Numbers 11:20, NLT)

We will soon see that the people will get what they want and it will be very bitter.  Moses can’t even conceive of so much meat in the desert and our verse is God’s answer to him. The point that we carry away from this is that God’s word always comes true. Always.

John Calvin comments here: “As soon, therefore, as distrust on the score of difficulties begins to take possession of our minds, let this conclusion be remembered, that the promises of God do not exceed the measure of His power to accomplish effectually whatever He has declared.”

We have seen God fulfill his word again and again in both the Scriptures and in history.  Has God changed?  Will he not fulfill his word and promises in our lives?  Will he not bring to pass all that he has promised for his church?

“Now my time has come to die. Every one of you knows in his heart and soul that the Lord your God has given you all the good things that he promised. Every promise he made has been kept; not one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14, GNB)

Joshua flat out states what the central theme of the entire book of Joshua is here: What God has promised, this he has delivered. He had certainly delivered.  The people had come into the land and fought many battles and many enemies and won them all (even making up for the battle lost due to Achan’s treachery).

God will keep his promises.