It stings doesn’t it?
We all have experienced the pain of being overlooked, ignored or forgotten at some time in our lives.
Sometimes I wonder if God does the same thing with us. I don’t mean that He does it on purpose or that it is a mean thing. It’s just hard for our minds to comprehend that He could possibly keep track of the billions of people on Earth all at the same time.
We are told that God is omniscient. He is supposed to be everywhere at the same time all the time. But how is that possible? I know He’s God and all that but don’t you feel like He’s busy somewhere else sometimes?
Well the Bible says this:
“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1-3).
Seriously? Be honest with yourself. How can you be absolutely sure God hasn’t forgotten you? Maybe He just goes silent for a reason.
Have you been in those silent places?
We do all the things we are supposed to do that we learned in “How to Be A Christian for Dummies” yet when we pray, nothing changes. The sick are not healed and no one is converted. We read the Bible yet we don’t feel God’s presence. We go to church and leave feeling worse than we did when we entered the building.
I’m not going to give you some easy cliche answer. I will just tell you that it isn’t easy when you feel forgotten by God. You just have to find your way through it. That’s the best I can offer you on this subject. I won’t tell you that God is always with you because, quite honestly, there are times that it seems He isn’t there and I have absolutely no proof that He is. The only thing I can say is that we look back to the past at when God has been there for us.
In the Bible….
- All kinds of stuff happened to Job. People like to say how Job was patient or to have the patience of Job but have you read the story? He questioned God and he complained. He didn’t understand what was happening to him at all.
- Joseph spent years in jail until he was remembered. There is no record of how he acted during that time except that he did what he could do until the time came. Sometimes that’s all we can do is to do what we know and what is available to us in our situation until the situation changes.
- Look at Israel who spent hundreds of years in Egyptian bondage until Moses came along. Hundreds of years is a long time to be forgotten.
- At the cross even Jesus felt that God had forgotten him. Again, he still went through with what he knew and followed the will of the father even though he prayed for the cup to be passed over him.
None of us likes to be forgotten and not many of us likes to wait for a long time. If there’s anything I have learned about God it is that most things will take time. Very few things are done quickly or according to our timetable. Yep, that’s the most frustrating part. I have always said that if I knew how long I was going to go through times of being forgotten that it would make it a little better to take.
Even when God has forgotten us we still need to press on and do what we know to do and make the best of our situation. Just as when we are forgotten by others, we have to manage the hurt that we feel and make the choice to either get bitter or get better.