Compassion (part 2)

“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.  But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me…” (Isaiah 49:13-16).

        I sometimes wonder if God forgets about me. Yet when I read this passage, I sense hope and encouragement for the depressed and afflicted. The words encourage me to not lose hope—God will not forget me. He cannot forget me because it is his nature to grant compassion to his chosen ones. I must not grow weary and faint in praying for my loved ones: prayers of restoration, health, and the joy of the Lord. I do not know when God will choose to answer my pleas, but I do know he will answer in his perfect timing in his loving way.

        Thank you, God, for writing my name on the palm of your hand. Right there where it is visible daily. Thank you for holding me close knowing you’ll never let me go.

 Ask: Is there someone is your life who’s driving you crazy? No matter what you do or say, it’s impossible to see eye to eye.  Maybe a family member walked away from the fold and chooses not to be a part of your life. The pain is intense. You want to repair the relationship right now, but this person is not willing or ready for reconciliation. Tell it to God—he already knows the sorrow you feel. Your pain is always before him and is no surprise to him. 

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