The Book of Isaiah is an amazing source of inspiration. I find it nearly as comforting as the Psalms. Here is an intriguing verse that I remember caught me off guard when I read it for the first time.
Isaiah is comparing God’s grace, lovingkindness, goodness, and protection to a mother. He poses this question:
Can a woman forget her nursing child? And not have compassion on the son of her womb? (NKJV)
Here is the way the NIV reads: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
My immediate answer to that question is NO. It would seem impossible. I mean, MOM remains faithful when all others have turned their backs on us. How many times have you seen the mother of a mass murderer or a serial killer on TV, speaking or standing in defense of her grown child? Dads may walk out… friends may fall aside… brothers may turn their back… but moms remain faithful forever. Right?
Yet, Isaiah’s words were not his own; they were inspired by God. We live in a fallen world, a world where – like it or not – a mother sometimes abandons her child. We live in a world that is not only fallen, but one in which it is nearly impossible to survive. Some mothers believe they have no choice but to forget their children. What is Isaiah’s inspired answer to his question?
Though she may forget, I [God] will not forget you!
We serve a great God. We serve a God whose goodness is impossible to comprehend. We serve a God who will never leave us nor forsake us.
Fear Not, for God is more faithful than even a good mother.