Isaiah 49:16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
You get that? God has engraved you on the palms of his almighty hands!
Like a slave in the ancient world, God, who has no master, has chosen to brand himself, as if to signify his eternal bond with his beloved people, in this case – You!
But in Jesus the love shows differently in the palms of his sacred hands. His weren’t engraved, they were pierced! Pierced with nails!
God’s engraved hands; Jesus’ pierced hands – a sign that He will never forget you.
Doesn’t matter what situation you are in,
Doesn’t matter how much suffering you have to deal with,
Doesn’t matter how distant God might seem,
Doesn’t matter if you are a fempto-second from burnout,
He never forgets you, ever.
Not with those engravings,
Not with those nails,
Not with that amount of love,
“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 1:5)
Jesus was once forsaken.
Not by God.