This devotion is taken from a series called “Truth for Dark Days” by Allister Begg.
“People say time flies when you are having fun. But when things shift into a minor key, life seems to move in slow motion. We often find ourselves thinking, “I don’t know if I am going to ever get out of these circumstances.”
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
This first contains a recurring question: “How long? How Long?” David’s circumstances aren’t’ described, but he clearly feels forgotten and forsaken - a feeling we all can relate too. It’s akin to what we feel when we lose a loved one.
To be isolated from human relationships is, without question, crushing. But what David writes of here is even more significant. He’s expressing a feeling of isolation from God Himself. In his emerging depression, we discover that his perception, as is often the case with our own, does not reflect reality. What he feels to be true does not align with what he knows to be true.
The psalmist’s sentiment is shared by many of God’s people throughout Scripture. In Isaiah, Gods exiled people cry out, “The Lord has forsaken me: My Lord has forgotten me” (Isaiah 49:14). Christian pilgrims - genuine followers and servants of Jesus - have occasionally felt like saying, “I believe the Lord has actually forgotten us. If He has not forgotten us, if He was still with us, how would we be in this predicament? If He truly was watching over us, surely we would not have to endure these trials.”
Christians, let’s not believe the lie of isolation that our emotions can feed us. We can find rest in Gods comforting response to His forgetful people: “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. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
God’s care for his children is like the sun: it’s constant. Even when the clouds obscure it, it’s still there. its always there.
Will we trust in God’s consistency today? Amidst our feeling forsaken, God looks at his hands, engraved with each and every one of our names, and He says, “There you are. I have not forgotten you.”