Isaiah 49: 8-15 (All of today’s readings can be found here.)
Sometimes we are so involved in our own problems that we cannot see beyond them. Our struggles become our only reality and nothing else seems to exist. Today’s scripture from Isaiah is like this. The first part of the scripture relates all the ways that God will help and comfort his people. He promises to restore their land, provide for their needs, free the prisoners, and bring into the light those in darkness. He even says he will cut a road through the mountains and make the highways level to ease their journey.
The people respond by saying “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” It is almost as if they were not listening, or perhaps could not believe the promises the Lord had just made to them. They are mired in their own problems and have lost hope. God’s response is one of such gentleness and affection that it must awaken them from their negative reality.
“Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”
What a beautiful maternal image of God. God is so often portrayed as our father that we may overlook this maternal image. Like a mother, God is tender, comforting and merciful. God is always with us, will never forsake us, is always on our side and wants only the best for us. How blessed we are to have a God who loves us unconditionally!