Has God Forgotten Me?
Sunday - August 16th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Psalm 77:4-9
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:13-16
Has God forgotten to be
gracious? Has He slammed
the door on His compassion?
Psalm 77:9 (NLT)
A blind woman from Canada is not sure she'll ever fly alone again after being forgotten by flight attendants and locked in a deserted plane at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Jessica Cabot flew on a United Airlines flight from Vancouver to Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this year to join her fiancé when the plane made a scheduled stop in Chicago before dawn. She was then supposed to be guided to her connecting flight to Florida.
The 18-year-old was born blind. This was her third time flying by herself, so Jessica thought she was familiar with some of the routines related to making a connection with the help of airline staff.
"I was instructed by the flight attendant to wait until everybody else got off the plane," said Jessica in an interview with the news on the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She said she heard the other passengers leave and then the unmistakable sound of the aircraft door being sealed shut. "And then, just complete silence. And I started calling out with no response." That's when she realized she was alone. She had no idea how to open the plane's door or whether it would be safe.
Jessica said she was stuck for 10 minutes, uncertain what to do, but was found by a maintenance crew that happened to enter the aircraft. "They didn't have to be there," Jessica said. "If they hadn't, I would have been there for a very long time."
Jessica did eventually make her scheduled connecting flight to Florida. After her family complained, the airline gave Jessica a $250 voucher for a future trip. It seems relatively small for forgetting about a person and letting her get locked into an empty plane. What an awful experience!
Few of us have experienced that kind of abandonment. Few of us know how frightening it is to be forgotten like Jessica. All of us, at some point or another in our lives, have been overwhelmed by terrifying circumstances. Many of us may know what it is like to be abandoned or forgotten by someone very close to us.
Maybe you have even felt like God has forgotten you at some point in your life. Perhaps you feel that way right now. Along with God's promise never to leave us, He promises in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never forget or forsake us. God knows everything equally at all times. Theologians refer to this as the omniscience of God. No one knows anything more than He knows. No computer or electronic storage device knows more than God knows. It is this same God Who knows you and everything about you.
Today, as we look at the second section of Psalm 77, verses 4-9 record the psalmist's questions about how he feels God has forgotten to notice or care for him.
Has the Lord rejected me forever?
Will he never again be kind to me?
Is his unfailing love gone forever?
Have his promises permanently failed?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he slammed the door on his compassion?
Have you ever felt like that? Have you expressed those same types of questions about God's care for you?
In some of his final words to the nation of Israel, Moses told the people to "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6). They were on the brink of the promised land, and Joshua, not Moses, would lead them into the land that was full of reasons for the people to be afraid. They were on the brink of the end of their wandering for 40 years. Maybe God would forget them. Perhaps He would not be with them. Moses reminded them that God would always remember them and would always be with them.
If you ask similar questions like Asaph (the writer of Psalm 77), be assured. God knows everything about you and your circumstances. He has not forgotten you. No matter how you feel, no matter how overwhelming life is right now, God has not and will not forget you.
Go back to the six questions from Psalm 77:7-9 listed above. Pray them out loud to the Lord and add the answer, "No," after each question. Let God's Spirit reassure you that He will never forget you!
Nothing can ever cause God to forget you. He remembers you at all times and in every situation.