The worst feeling is not being lonely. Mostly it is being forgotten by those we cannot forget. Someone said, “I am afraid of being forgotten. Because it seems everyone I get close to, ends up forgetting me”. People who promise us to be friends forever forget us as time passes. When those whom we expect to be in touch with us become strangers, we are disappointed. It is true that when circumstances turn difficult we conclude that even God has forgotten us. But it is very comforting and encouraging to be reminded this morning that our God does not forget us even for a moment. Our thought for reflection this Wednesday morning is, “Our God remembers us”.
“So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, He remembered Abraham, and He brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived”
The phrase “God remembered Abraham” reminds of the turning point in the flood story when “God remembered Noah in Genesis 8:1. Both the story of Noah and the story of Abraham are records of universal destruction brought about by human wickedness and salvation of the righteous by divine grace. God’s act of saving Lot and his family in response to Abraham’s prayer shows Him as a true friend who comes to the rescue of a righteous man. When our prayers fail to bring immediate response from God, we need not be discouraged as He is a God who remembers us.
1. God remembered the Prayers of Abraham.
Abraham must have been deeply concerned by what the Lord disclosed to him regarding the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible says,
“He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace”
Abraham must have been terrified to see that sight. But in that context the Bible says, “… he (God) remembered Abraham…”. Abraham, would not have known what could have happened to his nephew and his family. But Abraham could count and trust on “the fair Judge of all the earth” and “one who always remembers His faithful”. Have you come to the conclusion that like other human beings, God has also forgotten you? Never will He!
2. God remembered to Protect Lot and his family.
As Abraham desired and pleaded with God, the Bible says
“He (God) brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived"
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah reminds us that God is a consuming fire to the wicked. At the same time, God’s protection of Lot and his family from destruction reminds us that He is a friend of the righteous and protects the righteous. God who remembered Abraham and protected Lot, demonstrated His mercy in rescuing the godly from destruction. Are we often concerned about our safety and security in this unsafe world? We need not!
May our hearts be encouraged by the thought that our Lord will remember us and our prayers. God who remembers us will be our joy and comfort both today and in the days to come. Let’s begin this new day with the faith in our God who remembers us and protects us. His promise this morning is,
“For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “… for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye”
So long as our actions are righteous before God, our God will always remember us and protect us.