Friday December 21, 2018 – Do you think He’s forgotten?

Psalm 33:4  For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

Have you ever been forgotten?  Or have you forgotten someone else?  How about forgetting an important event?  It happens to all of us.  Hopefully, if and when it does occur, it is something you can later laugh about.  One of those “Remember when….” stories.

One of the most memorable times when something significant was forgotten involving me happened when I was a boy.  It was Christmas morning and there were lots of presents around the tree.  Everyone was opening gift after gift – except me.  It seemed that they all had someone else’s name on them.  Finally my mother looked over at me and asked, “Donnie – where are all your gifts?”  To which I wailed. “I don’t have any!”

Mom and Dad were stunned.  Then they remembered that all my gifts were in a separate closet.  Great was my relief when they went and got arm loads of gifts – all with my name.  They had simply forgotten them the night before after we had gone to bed.

We deal with expectations all the time – particularly those involving the Lord.  We pray for people and situations.  We hope to see God respond in an affirmative way.  We repeatedly find ourselves in situations where we have the opportunity to trust Him.  We want to see God move in our lives.  We might have callings on our lives that we want to see Him fulfill.  Fulfilled longings are wonderful; unfulfilled hopes can be most trying.

Think of the waiting that individuals in the Bible had to do, i.e., Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses – all in the plan of God.  Think of the unexpected turns their life experiences took but God was with them through it all.  The great news for us is that God doesn’t forget – EVER!  He is always faithful.  In fact, it is impossible for Him to be unfaithful.

He gives us lives filled with opportunities to turn to Him.  We commit our ways to Him – allowing Him to mold our expectations.  But being who we are, it is likely that we will meet disappointments.  It might seem that we have been forgotten or set aside.  In those times – and some of us are struggling with this very thing – we must seek Him.  Choose to embrace and declare the truth that the Lord is faithful in all He does and trust the journey and the outcome to Him.

 

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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