A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, January 6, 2014
Do you feel that God has overlooked you and even forgotten you, son and daughter of the Most Mindful Father? I am here to tell you emphatically, with absolute certainty, and with the full confidence of His Word, that your Heavenly Father has in no way overlooked you, let alone forgot about you.
While I was at the Sanctuary this past week, the Lord showed me His heart; and His heart was on fire. I immediately was overwhelmed by the Father’s absolute and unequivocal unconditional love toward His children. God’s heart is on fire for you, my brother. Your Divine Daddy loves you with an everlasting love, my sister.
As human beings, we sometimes feel that God has overlooked us. Sadly, many people, even God’s own children, believe that God has forgotten them completely. The problem, for any child of God, lies in our flesh, where our emotions are the culprit for this deception and false separation. The key is, when you ‘feel’ this way, you must remember that emotions are of the flesh; and therefore, unreliable. Cast down those emotions and pick up the truth of God’s Word, where our Faithful Father assures us with His utmost and eternal assurance that never will He leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
God wants me to focus on a particular aspect of this verse, which is beautifully wrapped in the words “mindful” and “visit.” To this end, allow me to skim over the terms “man” and “son of man” and simply say that these are the Hebrew words (as used in our study verse): enowsh (pr. en-oshe), ben (pr. bane), and adam (pr. aw-dawm), which mean “a mortal, person, one born, a human being” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
These terms reference each human being, each person irrespective of gender. If you are a person, then you are included. God is an all-inclusive God, and leaves no one out. When He sent His Son to die for us, Jesus died for all people. If you were the only person in need of a Savior, The King of kings and Lord of lords would have endured that horrible death in its barbaric totality just for you! Now does this sound like a God who has overlooked you or forgotten you? Send that RSVP back to the devil marked “Not coming to that pity party!”
The Hebrew word for “mindful,” as used here, is zakar (pr. zaw-kar) meaning “to mark so as to be recognized, to remember, to mention.” God marked you, valued son, and mentions you often. God has marked you, precious daughter, and He remembers you every second of every day. When God made each of us, He put His mark on us, His unique inscription. Our Father didn’t do this as a reminder for Himself, but He did so for us; in order that we remember, and as a public acknowledgment of each one of us to one another and to the entire world.
The word “visit” is not what we do, which is a temporary event, when we go to visit someone for a finite period of time. God’s version of a visit is paquad (pr. paw-kad) which is “to care for, remember, want.” God never stops caring for us, remembering us, or wanting us; therefore, He never stops visiting us. When we sense (which is different from ‘feel’) that God has left us, it is because we are not engaged in the visit, as it is us who has left. Again, God promised that He “will never leave nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
When David was overlooked by his very own father and brothers, and was left alone to tend the sheep, he knew that God was still looking out and looking after him. After all, David— that is King David, wrote this Psalm! When David’s own father and brothers overlooked him, God took this as an opportunity to start preparing him to be a king. When Saul spent years trying to kill David because he was jealous of this lad; God used these years to perfect his character and to put a king’s heart in young David. And when there seemed to be no person on earth to take notice of this betrayed and forgotten shepherd boy; then God stepped in and anointed him a king!
And let us not forget Joseph, the way his brothers did. Not only did Joseph’s brothers overlook him, they betrayed and discarded him by selling this innocent son into slavery and telling their father that Joseph was killed by a wild animal! But watch out, family! God is on the throne, and He is on the move! Papa Bear is forever checking on his cubs! We serve the Living God! I am a witness to this, as I was literally (by the Spirit) at God’s very Throne-room this past Saturday evening.
And for one of you reading this today, the term “Papa Bear” will serve as the confirmation you were seeking. God had me specifically include these two words just for you; because that is how mindful He is of all of His sons and daughters.
Now back to Joseph: God ended up promoting this “seemingly-overlooked” young man to second in command over all of Egypt! Because what man meant for evil, God turned into good (Genesis 50:20). When famine struck the land, and the father sent the brothers over to Egypt to beg for food, they didn’t expect to find the brother they forsook and overlooked sitting on the throne!
When it seems like you are being overlooked time and time again; instead of getting down, perk up! It means that God is getting ready to do something amazing for you. My brothers and sisters, when you think that people are over-looking you, then it is time to look over to the Father, Who has carved you and keeps you in the palm of His attentive hand (Isaiah 49:16).
Father, thank You for being so mindful of us. Thank You, Most Attentive Father, that when You come to visit, You come to stay because You love us, and want to be with us always. We love You because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Father, pick us up in Your loving arms today, and remind us how much You love us, and that You never forget we are Your children. In Jesus Name, we thank You for lifting us up and encouraging us this day and every day. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to remember and proclaim this promise (Psalm 8:4) every time you start to feel overlooked. Exclaim “Holy Father, thank You for being so mindful of me, and for loving me the way You do!” And when the devil tries to send you an invitation to the pity party he is trying to throw for you, tell him to go to hell! I can say this. It’s in the Bible. And continue to fight the good fight of remembering how much your Father looks after you and is mindful of you; for God, your Perfect Reminder, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.