But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49
God was reminding the Israelites that He will never forget them, and He will restore them–the ruins (their crumbled walls), the devastation in their land and souls.
Christmas is such a moving time to remember God’s redemption! What lies in ruins in your life? What crumbled walls are ever before God? What aching in your soul exists only for God to see and know?
Think of Jesus’ sweet, baby hands in the arms of Mary. If you are blessed to have a baby in your family, take their small hands and hold them, smell them, rub them against your cheek. Close your eyes and think of the glory and majesty of God’s redemptive plan in the smallness of a baby’s hand. The same hands that grew to work in his father’s shop as a carpenter and heal the sick were the same hands that ultimately were nailed to a cross for our eternal hope and salvation.
You are not alone. God has not forgotten you. In fact, you were never alone. Your name is engraved in the palms of Jesus’ hands. He loves you.
I read in my Matthew journey this morning where Jesus came with a sword that often turns us against each other. He claimed that our worst enemies could potentially come from our own family. Combining this verse with a sermon from Louie Giglio I heard on the radio on the way to work, I marveled at the simple-complexity of this verse.
Louie shared that we are all influenced by our gene pool, and no family is free from troubles, but when we accept Jesus’ love, we are immediately brought into Jesus’ spiritual gene pool. You no longer are victim, but victor! You are on the journey of becoming more like Jesus. Restored. You are not alone. Your name is engraved in the palm of His hand.
This Christmas celebrate who you are because of Christmas morning– a child of the King! Rejoice in your spiritual heritage and the knowledge that you are not alone!
I pray you can spend time in worship: