GRAVEN ON HIS HAND
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.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
Tattoos have become quite popular over the past several years, when I was a child, it was something a drunk sailor would get. Often, they would read Mom, Rosie, or maybe a wolf. Tats were not something that “respectable” people would get, that has changed. Today, many people actually have scripture verses graven on their bodies, a testimony to the life change that Christ has produced in them. I am not writing this devotion to take a stand one way or the other on tattoos, I was just struck by this scripture verse. Is it possible that I am tattooed on the hands of Jesus? Listen to these words about being graven on the hands of the Lord by Charles Spurgeon.
“I have graven thee. It does not say, Thy name. The name is there, but that is not all: I have graven thee. See the fullness of this! I have graven thy person, thine image, thy case, thy circumstances, thy sins, thy temptations, thy weaknesses, thy wants, thy works; I have graven thee, everything about thee, all that concerns thee; I have put thee altogether there. Wilt thou ever say again that thy God hath forsaken thee when he has graven thee upon his own palms?”
This verse is quite moving, the Lord not only takes notice of me and the circumstances of my life, He actually has marked Himself with my life. My circumstances move Him. This characteristic of the Lord was seen in the earthly ministry of Jesus. He was moved when He observed the painful circumstances people were caught up in. The word for moved used in several passages in the gospels actually describe Jesus being physically effected by the circumstances He observed. He was grieved when He saw the blind, it hurt Him when He saw the lame man begging on the side of the road. Jesus was deeply troubled when He saw an orphan or a struggling widow. In the same way He is moved with the feeling of your infirmities. He loves you more than you know.
If you are going through a tough time in your life, whether it seems like it or not, you are not alone. The Lord is not some far removed, uncaring God. He is nearer than your very skin. He is involved in every detail of your life. He hurts when you hurt. You are engraved on His hands. He recorded this truth in His word to show us the dramatic steps He would take to reach us. What is He after today, He is after your heart. Turn to Him today. Worship before Him and let Him put His hands upon you. When He does, sneak a look at His hand. Don’t be surprised if you see God’s tattoo, I think it has a strong resemblance to you.