How many of you have asked that question? My guess is pretty much every one of us. There are times in my life where I felt God had forgotten me. Let’s break it down.
When do you usually feel forgotten by God?
For me, and I suspect it’s this way with most of us, I feel forgotten when I’m in the middle of hard times. When it feels like anything and everything is coming at me. You know what I mean? I’ve found out though that I feel that way most when I’m looking at the problems and not the Master of my problems.
I know that sounds a bit cliché but its true. Next time you are feeling forgotten, stop and think about it. Where is your focus. Where is your mindset. Believe me, it makes a huge difference.
I’ll give you an example. I’ve had gout for several years. I’ve done a lot of things to try to stop it and sometimes I still have a flare up. When I do have them, they are usually pretty rough and last a while. Back at the end of June I started a flare up and I was in bad pain. My foot swelled, then my knee swelled. This was after I’d had a procedure done to break up a bunch of kidney stones in both of my kidneys. I felt like I was at the bottom. I would pray for the pain to ease and it just didn’t seem to help. I was so focused on myself and on my pain that I began to get down.
What Did I Do?
Number one, I had people praying for me. Then I read my bible and found one man who I knew I could relate to. King David. Many times he prayed and you could tell he was feeling forgotten and down and out. What did he do? He encouraged himself in the Lord. So that’s what I did. I began to sing songs of praise. I gave him thanks for touching me. I praised him with uplifted hands. I was still in pain afterward, but it eased. I was able to handle it. My mindset changed from one of defeat to one of victory. I KNEW who was in control and who would eventually change my situation. I began to think positively. That alone is a major step in changing your entire outlook. By the time I had finished, I felt better.
The sad part is, I knew to do this. I allowed myself to be caught off guard and my focus taken away from where it should have been. These things I wrote have worked for me every time, without fail.
The Take Away
So what should we take away from this? Let me share a couple of verses. This is Luke 12:6-7:
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
You are more valuable than anything God has created. He loves you more than you can even imagine. He cares. He will never leave you or forsake you. You are engraved on the palm of his hand. You are with him everywhere he goes. He’s as close as the whisper of his name. Call on him. Feel him near. Let him wrap his arms of love around you. You are not forgotten! You are one of his favorites.