May 16, 2008
Engraved in His Hand
by Fred "Fritz" Alberti, Crosswalk.com Manager of Communities
"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! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…"
Sometimes we find ourselves in harsh circumstances. We feel isolated from the Lord and begin to ask ourselves, "Is He really there? Has He forgotten me?" Today's passage is a stark reminder that there is no way our Lord will forget us or forsake us.
Being the father of five children I have been blessed to witness the blessed scene of a mother feeding her baby. I've seen both mother and child relax and share that bond that comes through breastfeeding. It is that beautiful analogy that is drawn in Isaiah. A mother does not forget the child she is nursing, she and the baby are in a deep bond that is difficult to be ignored. Likewise, our Father in heaven is in no way going to forget His love for us. But even if a mother were to forget, the Lord proclaims that even if a mother were to forget, He never will.
Dear child of God, you will never be forgotten!
In the midst of losing your house to foreclosure, you will not be forgotten.
When worrying how you are going to deal with the high gas prices, you will not be forgotten.
When struggling to budget the grocery bill, you will not be forgotten.
God will never forget you.
This brings us to the second half of our passage.
"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…"
As we were reading this in church one Sunday my wife was quick to point out an interesting observation. She felt, and I agree, that this was a messianic prophecy.
Our names were written into the palms that would bear the nails that hung our Lord on the cross at Calvary.
Your name, my name, and that of every other believer in Christ Jesus has had our names engraved by the nails that bore our Lord to a cruel tree.
You will not be forgotten because He loves you so much that He was willing to die for you. 1 Cor. 6:20 says, "…you were bought at a price."
That price was paid on a cross between two thieves.
That price was endured until the last breath when Jesus said, "It is finished."
With that proclamation, let's turn to 1 Cor. 1:7-11 which says this:
"… We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers."
Friend, it is our hardships which cause us to turn and rely on God. Set your hope on Him and pray for those who are in distress.
He has engraved you on His hand and He will deliver.
Intersecting Faith & Life: Do a study of the different names of the Lord and write each name on the palm of your hand. As you go throughout the day take time to pray for those who are in distress. See someone in a grocery store with a stern look? Pray for that person. See another person standing at the pumps with a furrowed brow? Pray for that person. Pray for them as the recipients in Paul's letter prayed for him.