In Isaiah 49:14 the captive and stressed out Jerusalem made the following statement out of desperation; “The Lord has abandoned me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” To this statement, the Lord followed up in verse 15 with a rhetorical question and a declarative promise. The Lord rebutted, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I WILL NOT FORGET YOU!”
This passage of text illustrates the greatness of God’s love for us. While it’s extremely rare for a human mother to abandon her newborn baby, we know it’s possible because it happens. But, it is not possible for our Heavenly Father to forget or fail to fully love his children.
Undoubtedly, nearly everyone experiences times in life when they feel utterly alone and abandoned. Through the prophet Isaiah, God makes a tremendously comforting promise. You may feel completely forgotten by every human being in your life, but God will not forget you: “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” (Psalm 27:10)
In most cases a mother’s love is often considered the strongest and finest in existence. Well, God’s love transcends even the best this world can offer. In the above passage of text the prophet portrays Israel as a nursing child in her mother’s arms—arms that represent God’s embrace. The child is wholly dependent on his mother and trusts that he will never to be forsaken by her.
God longs to be our main source of comfort in times of loneliness and loss. Isaiah 66:13 confirms that God loves us like a compassionate and comforting mother: “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”
Psalm 103:13 restates that God loves us like a compassionate and comforting father: “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
I hope this word of encouragement bless you today. There is no doubt or question that God’s love for us is inseparable because throughout scripture the Lord says, “I, the LORD, made you, and I WILL NOT FORGET YOU.” (Isaiah 44:21)