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.
With my Bible Reading Plan, I have been in Isaiah for the last month. Isaiah is an amazing book filled with sharp rebuke and deep comfort. Last week I read Isaiah 49, and the metaphor God uses here to comfort Israel in her affliction has gripped my heart and imagination. To answer the doubting heart of Israel, God says that he is both like and dislike a nursing mother.
God has designed nursing to reveal something of his steadfast love, nurture and constant attention. After birth, a woman's body, and therefore heart, is totally oriented around the child. A nursing mom cannot forget her child. Her very body experiences great discomfort if it's been too long since the last meal. God amazingly says—that's what I am like with my people. I am constantly aware of what is going on in your life—he is so committed to us that he cannot forget us.
Yet, God also says that he is unlike moms. Some moms are not that nurturing, and God says, I'm not like that. Also, in the cycle of life, moms eventually do “forget” their children. Old age, dementia, and eventually death bring about forgetfulness. But not so with God. God will not forget you. God has pledged himself to us in his Son Jesus. He has pledged to us that he will not forget us.
Whatever your circumstances today, whatever your feelings today, guard your heart and view your circumstances through this great faith-building truth: God will not forget you.