Psalm 40:17, “I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me”
Psalm 121:3, “He who keeps you will not slumber”
Jesus is just as real today as He was when He walked on this earth and despite what you are or what you may have done, He loves you (Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7-11). He will never leave you nor forsake you, if you’re a child of the King (John 14:18; Hebrews 13:5). Many days we find ourselves intensely absorbed in busyness. Our attention must be engrossed on the details of our work if we are to do it well. Sometimes the hours can slip by without even a momentary thought of God. However, when that happens, it’s comforting to know that our heavenly Father has not been too busy to think about us.
We should be able to identify with the prayer offered by Sir Jacob Astley before the battle of Edgehill on October 23, 1642: “O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me?” My beloved, without using those words as an excuse for spiritual indifference, we can sincerely say what Astley said. And as we lie down at night to rest our weary bodies, we can rest our souls in the assurance that God, who neither slumbers nor sleeps, lovingly watches over us in ceaseless vigilance.
At the same time, though, let’s consciously include God in all that we do and say, seeking His wisdom, relying on His strength, and praising His goodness. We should not take Him for granted, but we can be grateful that He will not forget us (Isaiah 49:15; Hebrews 13:5). You could say that in God’s garden of love you are his forget-me-not.
I’m reminded of Rahab who trusted in God’s care and had a remarkable faith. Although it seemed incredible that Joshua’s unequipped army would be able to break down or scale the walls of Jericho, she remembered what God had done for the Israelites in the past. She put her trust in Israel’s God by protecting the spies, and by staking her future on the hope that God would do what seemed impossible. Her trust in God involved the past, present, and future. My beloved, our trust in God right now should be the same as that of Rahab’s.
(1) Regarding the past, we know that God has proven His love and power, especially in giving His Son to die for our salvation (Romans 5:8) and in bringing Him back to life (Romans 1:4).
(2) In the present, He speaks to us through His Eternal Word (Hebrews 1:1-4), hears our prayers (Matthew 7:7-11), and provides grace in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
(3) For the future, He promises that we will live with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
We must always remember, that our trust in Jesus Christ involves three tenses and we must reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past, present and you’ll have good reason to trust and praise Him for the future. My beloved, God’s attentiveness is ceaseless. Thus, whenever you feel that nobody cares about you, meditate on Psalm 139 and be satisfied with God’s attention.
Keep your eyes on the LORD; He never takes His eyes off you.