May 25, 2008am  The Calm After The Storm  Isaiah 49:8-16
Memorial Sunday

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

In times like these we need a Savior.  The storms of life have come and we are devastated.  Earthquakes in China.  Cyclones in Burma.  Tornados in the plains.  Floods and fires.  Many have been lost, but some have been found. 
            Today we remember those who have gone on before us.  They have left us here to live the remainder of our lives without them.  They have graduated.  Many have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the service of their country so that we may remain free. 

Isaiah 49:8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, 9 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. 10 They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water. 11 I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up. 12 See, they will come from afar— some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan.a” 13 Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. 14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

  1. The Storms have come.  Israel had been taken captive by the Babylonians.  But God promised to restore his people. 

 

  1. Has God forsaken you?  God has left us here for to fulfill a purpose. 
  1. Has God forgotten you?  Don’t forget that He hasn’t forgotten. 

 

  1. Can a mother forget the baby?  Can God be compared to a mother who forgot her baby? 
  1. God cannot forget. 

 

  1. God says: I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.  Ring on the hands.  Writing on the hands of numbers etc.  tie a string around the finger.  The marks on the hands of the Savior show that He didn’t forget us. 
  1. God says: Your walls are always before me.  He knows what has happened and He knows what to do to comfort you.  He will make you secure in your cities. 

 

  1. God comforts us with the comforter. 
  1. Trust Him and put your faith in Him.  Let Him comfort you.  He will be your Lord and give you what you need to live. 

 

  1.  Wait for His salvation.  He will come and restore you. 

a Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text Sinim

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Is 49:8-16.