I was reading 2 Samuel 17:17 and noticed two names mentioned that I knew nothing about. Jonathan and Ahimaaz. Jonathan here was not Saul’s son nor mine! Who are they? Know very little. But they’re in the Bible. There for a reason.
A few years back my wife and I drove east on one of our many cross-country road trips. I’d always wanted to visit the town and church where I served as a summer pastor between Bible college and seminary. Had been decades ago. Was a dream to return to Emmanuel Mennonite Brethren Church in Onida, South Dakota. Was only there for a brief summer, but the people made a lasting impression on me.
When we drove into town, it all came back. We discovered that the church had planned a nice reception for us in their fellowship hall. How humbling. The pastor such a gracious man. Sharing and eating went on for about two hours. I loved all the reminiscing, until it dawned on me that absolutely no one there remembered me at all. Not one. They remembered the car I drove, a 1963 Bahama Blue VW Beetle . The mobile home they rented for me. But me? Nothing! How truly humbling! I never forgot them. For them, not even a faint recollection of you-know-who!
Guess who never forgets us? Good answer…the Lord! St. Paul writes–‘…my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life'(Philippians 4:3). And in Revelation 3:5–‘…I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and His angels.’ When we accept Jesus into our lives, our names are written in God’s book of life. That’s a living book. One that grows larger with each new name engraved within its pages.
We’re never forgotten. Never overlooked. Never loved, then lost. We can and do forget others, but not the Lord. Jesus knows His own and we know His voice(John 10:14, 27-30). Stay close to Him, cherished forever! Remember– He won’t forget…you!
Prayer: Lord, to know that we are yours keeps us on your holy path. Secure and loved. We want to follow you as your faithful children. In Jesus’ name. Amen.