“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand”. Isa 49:16
Upon the consideration of our text, you would probably notice a sharp call to behold! Another translation portrays it as see. There would not be a need to look into or behold if there is no object in the picture. Our assurance of salvation and life eternal rests absolutely in the finished work of Christ. As long as we keep a steadfast look on him, we would be changed from glory to glory.
Sometimes, we get into the same sad condition that Zion was then in, and we fancy that God has forgotten us. I want to show you that if you are a believer in the Lord, Jesus Christ, he gives to you an answer similar to that which he gave to sorrowful Zion. I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand. On this short sentence, i seek to encourage you.
THE FEAR EXPRESSED: Fear is a contagious and infectious thing (Isa 49:14). When it has taken hold on one person, it has been often known to spread to many others till a terrible panic has resulted from a very slight cause. The Lord encouraged us to cast not away our confidence, but to look unto Him – The author and finisher of our faith.
THE COMFORT BESTOWED: Seeing that the Lord could not find any greater object as a seal to this eternal promise, he is here declaring once again – I AM WHO I AM. I, the Lord have committed myself to something which will henceforth render it absolutely certain that i never can forget my own. For i have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.
THE COMFORT’S ABODE: ‘Upon the palms of my hands’. These words seem to say to us that God has already secured beyond any possible hazard His tender memory toward His own. He has chosen to engrave you on the palms of his hands. You are always upon his consideration. He looks constantly upon you and smiles – just the same way you watch your baby sleep in your arms.
Finally, the Lord has declared that this love for you is everlasting (Jer. 31:3). You were loved by Him long before the world was created. He has loved you too long ever to forget or forsake you.
Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward! er