You Are Never Forgotten

It had been 150 days since Noah and his family had entered the ark. Perhaps Noah and his family wondered if God had forgotten them, since their last encounter with God, recorded in the Bible, was when God shut the door of the ark. Certainly Noah and his family were wondering, “How much longer do we have to be in this ark? How is all this water going to go away?” 


Though the Bible says in Genesis 8:1, “God remembered Noah,” Pastor Chuck Smith explains:
God never forgot him. It is important that we realize that in the Bible, there are terms that are used for God that are anthropomorphic type terms; in other words, describing God in human language. Really it's impossible to do but we don't have anything else. And so we just have to do the best we can using terms that are familiar with us to describe the activities or the actions of God because we really don't have any other terms. And so "God remembered Noah." Not that He ever forgot Noah, but now the activity of God with Noah picked up again so that God was really watching over that ark for all of those days that it was floating there upon the water. God remembered Noah, began His activity with Noah once more."

Just as God was watching over Noah and his family in the ark, God’s eyes are on us continually. God has engraved us on the palms of His hands. (Isaiah 49:14-16) He thinks of us so much that if you could number His thoughts toward us, they would outnumber the grains of sand! (Psalm 139:17-18) Think about that next time you go to the beach, and are walking down to the ocean. Or the next time your kids are playing in a sandbox. Pick up as much sand as you can in your hand and guess how many grains of sand you are  holding. That is just a fraction of how much God thinks of you. And what are those thoughts He thinks toward you and me?  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)


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One of my favorite songs, More by Matthew West, always reminds me of God's great love. Sung as if God were singing it Himself to us , the lyrics go:
Take a look at the desert
Do you feel like a grain of sand?
I am with you wherever
Where you go is where I am

And I'm always thinking of you
Take a look around you
I'm spelling it out one by one

[Chorus]
I love you more than the sun
And the stars that I taught how to shine
You are mine, and you shine for me too
I love you yesterday and today
And tomorrow, I'll say it again and again
I love you more 

Though our circumstances may leave us feeling at times that God has forgotten us. Let this be a reminder that God never forgets us, His eyes are continually upon us, He is always thinking of us, and if that were not enough, He has even engraved us on the palms of His hands. God sees you right where you are and knows exactly what you’re dealing with today. His thoughts for you are those of love—and nothing short of love. Be encouraged, nothing you face today will go unnoticed by God. You are never forgotten. You are always on God's mind. And whatever you face, God will graciously supply all that you need out of His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Oh, how He loves us!
Question for you: What does it mean to you, to know that God's thoughts toward you are more numerous than the grains of sand? 

 
  
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27 comments:

  1. Wonderful post! It makes me feel so special to Him. It reminds me every day that I'm a Daughter of the King, and that with that great privilige, comes great responsibility.

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    1. Thanks, Kristi! So glad this blessed you! It is such a joy knowing that we are daughters of the King of kings. Awesome! And you said it so perfectly, "and with that great privilige, comes great responsibility." God bless you abundantly!

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  2. What a beautiful, consoling blog you have written. Thank you

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    1. Thanks, Jedidja! Glad it encouraged you! God bless you immensely!

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  3. Thank you, what a beautiful post :) Stopping by from Deep Roots. Have a blessed day. Tara.

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    1. Thanks, Tara! So glad you stopped by! God bless you immeasurably!

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  4. What an encouraging post! Great work! I am a new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! Thanks for the invite to check out your blog. Will do. :) God bless you greatly!

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  5. Amen - so beautiful, and such an encouraging reminder. Matthew West's music is brilliant to remind us of what we can too easily lose sight of, too. Thanks for sharing. God bless, Lois

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    1. Thank you, Lois! Well put, "Matthew West's music is brilliant to remind us of what we can too easily lose sight of, too." God bless you tremendously!

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  6. God remembers. I find great encouragement in that. I may forget, but he never does. So grateful for his faithfulness!

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    1. I agree, Lisa! I am so encouraged that God remembers, too. Proof of His amazing love for us. God bless you significantly!

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  7. Hi Brooke, yes, this is a great reminder that God does not forget us, ever! Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! I love how you put that, "God does not forget us, ever!" Well said! God bless you enormously!

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  8. Dear Brooke
    What a blessing and great assurance to know that our limited thinking cannot even conceive all the thoughts our Pappa God cherishes in His heart towards us! Even better is our confession that we don't and cannot understand and then to realize that we don't need to. Neither should we even try!
    Much love XX
    Mia

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    1. Thanks, Mia! What a beautiful picture you paint here of God's love for us. I love it! "our limited thinking cannot even conceive all the thoughts our Pappa God cherishes in His heart towards us!" His love is overwhelming! God bless you richly!

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  9. Hi there - sounds like a great book for my grandkids :) And God is ever faithful :) AMEN! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! It is a great book! I read it to my 4 1/2 year old girl and she loves it. We've been reading it for the last year and half. Pastor Chuck does a great job telling the story for kids. The part where everyone in the world (outside of the ark) perishes from the flood may be a bit tough for young children, but I leave that with the parents and grandparents to practice discernment as the Lord leads. A great read even older children would enjoy. God bless you immensely!

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  10. Wonderful message - thank you so much! I'm stopping by from Faith Filled Friday blog hop.
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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    1. Thanks, Angelique! So glad you were blessed! God bless you amply!

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  11. We are never forgotten - how true! Thanks for an excellent reminder. :)

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    1. You're so welcome! So glad you were encouraged by it! God bless you massively!

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  12. Thank you Brooke! What a sweet reminder! Thanks for sharen with us at One Sharendipity Pl. this weekend!

    sue @the2women.com

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    1. Thanks, Sue! My pleasure. God bless you extraordinarily!

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  13. Never forgotten ... you splashed me happy today.

    I would love you to share this post! A group of moms gather each week. I usually post on Mondays, but missed it this week. I start jotting a few notes and then others join in. You can post whenever, doesn't have to be anything new, it can be a gem nestled in your pages. I get the filled to the brim momma schedules.

    Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/syllable-by-syllable.html

    Be blessed,
    Sarah

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I love your writing style. So beautiful! I'll be sure to be there for Momma Notes. God bless you richly!

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  14. Thanks bunches for splashing with us and linking up. Every Monday, I post on Momma Notes. And as always, it is a joy to have you join us. Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/05/momma-notes.html

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!