By Jonathan Gannon
Every Thursday, we at Jewish Voice have a time of dedicated prayer before the Lord. It is a special time of worship and sitting at Jesus’ feet as one of our staff members leads us in deeper devotion to God. This post is taken from one of those chapel talks by Jonathan Gannon. We hope it encourages you to stay the course – even when the road gets tough.
Joseph had dreamed some amazing dreams when he was a kid. But everything in his life seemed to push him as far from seeing his dreams come true as you or I could imagine.
Joseph was. . .
- Thrown into a cistern by his brothers.
- Sold as a slave by his brothers.
- Framed by his boss’s wife.
- Wrongfully imprisoned.
Now don’t panic when I tell you this: All this happened while Joseph was in the perfect will of God for his life.
The natural reaction that any of us would have if that was our experience would be to look up toward the heaven and seriously wonder if God had really forgotten all about us.
In Genesis 40: 1-23, we learn that even while in prison, Joseph was interpreting dreams – this time for two inmates, the king’s cupbearer and the king’s baker. Though Joseph correctly interpreted both these men’s dreams, when the cupbearer was finally released from prison, the Bible says he forgot all about Joseph (see vs. 23).
When we feel forgotten like Joseph was, we can mistakenly think that God has forgotten about us, too. But remember: No matter who forgets you, or how forgotten you feel, you are absolutely unforgettable to the heart and mind of God.
In fact, read through the Scriptures. You’ll never find a single Scripture where God has to remind Himself to remember us. It’s always the other way around. God says, “Hey! Don’t forget about me!”
Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you (Deuteronomy 4:23).
Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God . . .(Deuteronomy 8:11).
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24).
But still, as real life nightmares unfold, sometime we do feel like God has forgotten us.
What happens then? We worry . . . But here’s what Jesus said in Luke 12:22-24:
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Don’t misunderstand: To not worry doesn’t mean to not think or work. Jesus is not talking about Hakuna Matatta. No worries. Just lie around in the sun and eat bugs all day and live for the moment.
Living without worry is resting in the competence of God.
But worrying can become a consuming poison that squeezes out your faith, sends you running toward every other provision option (except God). Worry can cause depression and withdrawal, and worry is fueled by one premise – God has forgotten all about me.
Has God forgotten you? Has He? Listen to what His Word says . . .
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me (Isaiah 49:15-16).
All during Joseph’s nightmare, his name was right in the middle of the palm of God’s hand – and Joseph knew it.
Many of those we minister to around the world feel forgotten, just as Joseph did. These Jewish People in places like India and Africa are in desperate need of medical attention and spiritual restoration through Yeshua (Jesus), their Messiah. That’s why we make every effort to go there and be the hands and feet of Jesus. But we need your help! When you join the 10/10 Challenge, your $10 a month will make a world of difference. God bless you as you consider partnering with us.
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