Have you ever felt forgotten by God? Theologically speaking, we know God could never forget us because He is omniscient, but sometimes, we feel as though He is remembering everyone else…but not us.
Sarah felt that way. So much so, that she decided to take matters into her own hands and “help” God fulfill His promise to Abraham by giving him her servant, Hagar. And we know how well that went. We are still feeling the consequences of that choice today. But Sarah was desperate and felt that God had forgotten her and His promise.
But, He had not forgotten. He sends the Lord Jesus and two angels to remind Sarah that nothing is too hard for the Lord (Gen. 18:14). And then, the Lord remembered Sarah. The Hebrew in Genesis 21:1 literally says, “And the Lord remembered Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as He had spoken.” At the appointed time (Gen. 18:14), the Lord remembered Sarah.
Have you ever felt like the Lord has forgotten you? He hasn’t…He remembers. But nothing is harder than waiting. Waiting for God to remember. All of us wait for something. In God’s Waiting Room, God teaches and transforms us as we wait. He blesses us with some valuable blessings as well. As we wait, the thing we are waiting for increases in value and importance, becoming a greater treasure to us once it is received. Also as we wait, we are blessed with the precious gift of time. Time to embrace life’s circumstances, press in closer to God and grow in our patience and empathy with others who wait. Time for our faith to take root and grow. Finally, as we wait, we are blessed with increased faith, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” in Hebrews 11:1. What precious gifts are ours in God’s Waiting Room!
God remembered Sarah. He remembered the promise He had made to Abraham over and over again through the years. Divine grace and miraculous power worked in Sarah’s once lifeless womb, and a baby son was born. And God not only rejuvenated Sarah’s body so that she could conceive, carry, and bear a child, but He also gave her the ability to nurse her son. How beautiful is that! It reminds me of Isaiah 49:15: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”
For what are you waiting on God? God remembered Sarah, and fulfilled His promise to her and through her. And He will remember you! Take heart! Nothing is too hard for the Lord!