See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands … Isaiah 49:16 (NIV)
As a sign of her undying love and faithfulness, a certain celebrity permanently tattooed the name of her beloved on her arm. This act of affection was “permanent” until she and the love of her life broke up. Then the tattoo was removed and another’s name tattooed in its place. So much for everlasting love!
Unfaithfulness abounds, and the world is littered with broken hearts and shattered dreams left in the wake of deceit and rejection. Selfishness defines our society, which counts relationships as an expendable part of life.
When someone we love turns away from us, we’re left wondering how a love that seemed so true, turned into such a lie. And how did we not see it coming? Rejection spawns a downward spiral into grief and despair, filled with more lies that we are worthless and unlovable. It’s a dangerous cycle in which many find themselves.
At the depth of our pain, in the darkest moment of the night, God speaks words of truth into our hearts: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).
Though others may forget their promises to us, God will not. To make sure we know He’s serious, God made two eternally permanent marks of His faithful love. First, in Isaiah 49:16 God tells us, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
Get that! We’re not written in a Sharpie marker, not a semi-permanent henna tattoo that washes off in a week, not even a “permanent” full color tattoo that can be removed. But God has engraved us on His palm. That’s a mark that can’t be erased.
Then, God made His second mark of faithfulness with the blood of Jesus. Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” The cross is our reminder of that love.
Though many may fall around you, you are cherished and loved by the Almighty God. Today He holds your sweet face in His hands, hands that are engraved with your name, and reminds you that He chose you and He will never turn away.
In His Love,