One of the most astonishing statements of God’s commitment to us comes in the context of the mother/infant relationship. Look at what God says to the exiled people of Israel in the book of Isaiah.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:15-16).”
One of the strongest expressions of love and devotion is that of a mother to a child. It is a rare and unnatural thing for a woman to forget their child and refuse to have compassion upon them. But the Bible is rooted in realism—even this may happen. A woman may forget her child. The strongest bonds of human love in this world may be shattered. But God tells us that his love is not like that. He states this mighty promise: I will never forget you. The love of God exceeds that of the mother for her infant—that is incredible! It is good to have your heart widened and for your soul to experience a fresh depth of love and loyalty—this is happening in Elizabeth and I as we interact with our baby girl. I am even more overwhelmed by the depth, passion, and loyalty of God’s love of which ours is but a shadow. Thankful for the guarantee that as God’s people we will never be forgotten. I will take that promise to the bank.