In 1998, the National Prisoners of War Museum opened in Andersonville, GA. The museum pays tribute to all Americans who have been held as prisoners of war, from America’s founding until now. Visitors are reminded of the high cost of freedom we enjoy. The greatest fear all prisoners of war have is that in being far away from family and friends, they will be forgotten. They work hard to keep their hope alive. Giving hope in times of despair is what God did for his ancient people Israel. Here is what God said to them through the prophet Micah (chapter 7): “Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.” God’s faithfulness to us—His children—is based on the merits of His Son Jesus. Christ died to position us as dearly loved children. As we cling to Him by faith in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations, God assures us that His presence remains intact. He says to His children, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So when the days are weary and the long nights dreary, God’s children can know He has not forgotten; He still cares.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More