For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
In the midst of life’s trials and tribulations we can, at times, feel like God has forgotten us. While we may be so spiritually proud of who we think we are and though we may vigorously and enthusiastically defend our image before others, if we are honest, we must confess that it sometimes seems as if the LORD has forgotten about us and our issues. As Job once said, “My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.” Job 19:14.
Forgotten, as used in this verse, means to ignore or to cease to care. Job 40:23, “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.” After Joseph had ministered to the chief butler in prison, the chief butler quickly forgot Joseph. That is a fitting analogy of how we feel when we find ourselves in dire straights after having been there for others in their time of need. We know in our head that God has not forgotten us as God’s Word says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” However it certainly doesn’t feel that way in our heart.
What a bright and beautiful day when what we feel in our heart agrees with what we know in our head! In Acts 12:11 the angel had come and delivered Peter from prison when Herod had intended to kill Peter the next morning. Peter responded, “And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” “Now I know.” Peter not only knew in his head that the LORD could deliver him but he also knew in his heart. Peter’s head and heart were in agreement.
When human beings fail to help us after we have been there for them we can rest assured that regardless of how deeply imprisoned we are that the LORD has not forgotten us and His deliverance is not hindered by the prison walls, the stocks and bonds nor the locks on our doors.
What we feel in our heart can agree with what we know in our head!