Will You Forget Me Forever?

"13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?" Psalm 13:1 (ESV)

I'm sure, like me, you are pretty familiar with the incredible story of Joseph in the Bible. We know the account of his life back to front and no doubt have read through the familiar chapters outlining his life in Genesis many, many times.

And yet, don't you love how God speaks to us and reveals things to us, even in the biblical stories that are most familiar?

This happened to me as I read about Joseph's life as part of the ReadScripture reading plan one morning. The previous day's reading ended with Joseph being forgotten by the Baker and Chief Cupbearer and left to languish in prison, despite requesting that he be remembered by those who were released from jail.

It was the very first line of Genesis 41 that struck me:

"After two whole years..."

Two whole years. That's a long time to be waiting, isn't it? I tried to imagine how Joseph must have felt during that time. Don't get me wrong, he had it about as good as you could have it in prison (he was in charge of all the prisoners after all!), but still... he wasn't free.

There is no doubt that somewhere deep inside as he considered his life and where he was heading, he would have asked: "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?"

We can be encouraged when we read further on in Joseph's story to see that God doesn't forget Joseph forever. And - no matter how long we've been waiting for God's promises to come to pass in our own lives - we can be encouraged to know that God will not forget us forever either.

So wait patiently with confident assurance Liberty. God will bring His plans to pass in your life, according to His good, pleasing and perfect will. It might just take a little longer than we expect!


Ps Joel Hawting

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