You Are Not Forgotten

Published by Deborah Negron M.A.

You who feel alone an lost…
You who have seen great sorrows and have tasted bitter things…
You who seem to be enveloped in a dark cloud that never seems to end….
To you I say, the Lord is not far from you.
He is as close as the mention of his name.

Did you think he did not know you would suffer?
Did you think somehow he has no knowledge of your pain?
He has seen you in the midnight hour.
He has heard your cries. He has witnessed your distress. He is not punishing you.
He is not silent and cruel.
He wait with open arms.
He is familiar with your plight.
He can identify with your loneliness.
He is able to understand your emotions and does not condemn you.

He came to save that which was lost.
He came to redeem the brokenhearted.
He came to mend and restore your soul.
His desire is that none should perish.
John 3:16 tells of his great love….
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

You see God’s anger may endure for a night but his joy can come in the morning. His separation from us may be due because of the things that blind our eyes from his love and his power to save us. He does not desire for you to be lost. He does not find pleasure in your destruction. But he offers a clear solution for the unrest within each soul.
John 3:17 – 18 says,
For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him. He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(John 3:16‭-‬18)

The peace of God floods the soul of those who have chosen to believe and to follow Jesus. And yes difficult times comes to everyone yet God’s strength is made perfect in us in our weak moments.

See God knew you and I would have weak moments. When he came as a human bring and was born of the virgin Mary, he grew and experienced pain first hand. As a man he was followed for what he would do for the people. He was sought only for what the multitudes could gain from him. He was the healer, so they sought him only for the intention of being healed by how who were suffering.
Many after being healed walked away without a single word of thanks. Others followed him as those who follow a celebrity. They were interested in his miracles and in the hype that followed him. Some followd him in order to trap him or to find fault in him. He was rejected by the religious men of his day. His own from his hometown thought he was not much to look at. One man even said, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

His suffering can be seen clearly in this
Psalm 88,
O Jehovah, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee. Let my prayer enter into thy presence; Incline thine ear unto my cry. For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draweth nigh unto Sheol. I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit; I am as a man that hath no help, Cast off among the dead, Like the slain that lie in the grave, Whom thou rememberest no more, And they are cut off from thy hand. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the deeps. Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, And thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. [Selah Thou hast put mine acquaintance far from me; Thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. Mine eye wasteth away by reason of affliction: I have called daily upon thee, O Jehovah; I have spread forth my hands unto thee. Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? Shall they that are deceased arise and praise thee? [Selah Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or thy faithfulness in Destruction? Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But unto thee, O Jehovah, have I cried; And in the morning shall my prayer come before thee. Jehovah, why castest thou off my soul? Why hidest thou thy face from me? I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: While I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. Thy fierce wrath is gone over me; Thy terrors have cut me off. They came round about me like water all the day long; They compassed me about together. Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, And mine acquaintance into darkness.
(Psalms 88:1‭-‬18)

As Jesus was going to be crucified his closest friends hid themselves. They became afraid. The crowds that had shouted Hosanna to the Highest, were the same people now shouting Crucify him, crucify him!!!

The writer of this Psalm recorded in God’s word, shows a glimpse of what great a suffering the Lord Jesus would suffer….
God’s word is full of references of suffering.
Jesus knows what it is to be down and out.

In your distress and in your dismay..
In your sadness an your despair Jesus is able to identify with you. He also is able to lift you up and give you peace and joy. He is able to give you newness of life.
You are not alone your deepest depression.
He has not forgotten you.
H does on the cross to pay the debt of your sin and mine in order that we could be made free.
His power over the Grave assures you and me of our salvation and his power to keep us. He won’t give up on you.

1 John 1: 5 – 9- says,
And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:5‭-‬9)

You and I have been goven access to God’s forgiveness and his love and his healing and to his peace through Jsus Christ.

When we come to him the peace of God floods our hearts and we are no longer the same.
Though you may at times experience the sadness and the pressures that come with illness or in life, these will not define your outcomes. Jesus will be the center of your life and be h strength you need in the hard days.
He will be your hope and your stability.

The Bible says that when we come to him, we are delivered from the consequence of our past sins. We are delivered from th things that held you and me back.

A broken past, a lack of parents, suffering of all kinds. Mistreatment, abuse, being rejected and misunderstood will no longer be reasons to be kept far away. The Lord offers you the fellowship, the love of the body of Christ.
Yes, others like you, who have suffered and have now been able to find rest and hope in the God who loves us.
Jesus is the answer to your life’s questions. He is the healer of the human heart and the restorer of the human soul.

If you are suffering because of the sins of you past, He is the one who washes away that sin. He can take away every sin. Your shame and guilt for things you may have commited. Jesus loves you still. His desire is to make you a new creation.

This is what the Bible says,
Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Lord has wept for you. He has become your covering. He is that very present help when you are in trouble. He sees the pit you are in and wants to lift you up.

When you say, like David,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.”
(Psalms 51:10)

When you come to him you will be at peace even in the midst of life’s toughest storms. He will not leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

In the midst of your anxiety and your desperation he is present and willing to be your help.

Cry out to the Lord and he will hear you. Though it may seem at times that your may be overwhelmed. He is here to lift you up and give you his help and his hope. His peace is for you. He is the Prince of peace.

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