God's Never Failing Love (even when you feel forgotten)
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God's love is unending, never failing, and he's always there for us- whether it feels that way or not. Sometimes we might feel like he's forgotten us. My friend, Marva Smith, writer at Sun Sparkle Shine, knows a thing or two about this. I appreciate the wisdom she has and the strength that she's shown through some incredibly difficult circumstances over the past couple of years. She's my special guest this week for the Summer Sizzle Series and I'm excited to share her words with all of you.
It might be tempting to feel forgotten by God.Sometimes I even feel justified in thinking that way.
After all, it’s been a rough year. Scratch that, it’s been a challenging couple of years.
I really don’t want to seem ungrateful and believe me, I’ve been trying really hard to keep a positive spin on things.
Some days I’m really good at looking on the bright side, but some days? Well, some days are just plain hard.
Just today a friend sent me a message which said, “trials are blessings not yet realised”.
Can I just be honest with you?
I’ve had it with all the trials. I’m ready for the blessings to take full effect.
Have you ever felt that way?
Like maybe God really has forgotten you?
Like He’s too busy blessing every one else to think about you?
Friend, I feel your pain.
I can’t pretend to know exactly what you’re going through and I don’t want to underestimate your struggles. But I can share some truth I’ve been speaking to myself in hopes that it might help you too.
So, if you ever feel forgotten by God take some time to meditate on these scriptures:
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ESV
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 ESV
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 ESV
And since I can relate to feeling alone at times, I humbly offer these extra tips:
o Lose yourself in God’s Word (Psalm 119)
o Surround yourself with believers who will support and encourage you and speak the truth in love (James 5:16)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
o Be aware that your feelings are not Truth (Jeremiah 17:9)
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
o Remember that this too shall pass (Matthew 24:35)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Finally, allow me to reiterate the verse which says, “God will never leave you nor forsake you”. That was Jesus’ promise to us before He went up to heaven. He wants you to know for sure that you are not forgotten, my friend.
How about you?
Do you feel forgotten by God? What helps you get out of the pit?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Wishing you blessings!
Marva Smith | SunSparkleShine.com
Marva is an island-living, sun-loving Christian wife and mother. As a business owner, management consultant, trainer and coach, she’s no stranger to busy but chooses the full life Christ offers instead (John 10:10). She finds joy in encouraging women to slow down and shine in the light of God’s goodness. You can find her writing about her life and faith on her website SunSparkleShine.com as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Get a free copy of her e-book You Were Made to Sparkle here.
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