Sometimes our feelings can seem to be what counts, can’t they? We think up all sorts of things, real and imagined. In doing so, we forget what’s most important: Even in THIS, God has not forgotten us.
Perhaps, you’ve had a lot of THIS, where you’ve wondered if you’ve been forgotten by God. If so, I’d like to share a little from what Corrie ten Boom said about feeling forgotten by God in the devotional book, God is my Hiding Place.
During World War II, Corrie and her sister Betsie were prisoners in Ravensburck, a work camp in Germany where over 96,000 women died. Every day seven hundred women either died or were killed. If there was ever a place where someone might feel forgotten by God, I believe Ravensburck might top the list.
Such absolute evil. Such vile hatred. Such unbelievable inhumanity.
Corrie relates how one night she looked at the stars. She wondered why the God who guides the stars and never forgets them, seemed to have forgotten her and Betsie.
Her sister told Corrie God hadn’t forgotten them. Betsie reminded Corrie Jesus said he is with them always. Even to the end of the world.
Betsie reminded Corrie it is not what we feel that counts, but what we believe. As for Betsie, she believed God hadn’t forgotten them.
Corrie said that although her feelings told her one thing, what she believed about God told her something different. Although she was in a living hell, she slowly learned not to trust in herself, her faith, or her feelings, but to trust in God.
“The greatest moment of your life can occur when everything seems finished for you. This is when you lay your weak hand in the strong hand of Jesus who can make life and death–present and future–victorious! A life that is filled with the understanding that he will never leave you. But first, you must believe. You must allow this truth to become your reality.” Corrie ten Boom
Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God–
Naught else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.
I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,
HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER! Martin Luther
As we face each new day, let’s not trust our feelings. Instead, let’s remember even in THIS, God has not forgotten us.
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No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 NLT
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