Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me
The hands of Jesus are something to consider. They are hands that were laid upon little children to bless them. They are hands that were used to draw in the dirt when a woman caught in adultery was brought before him. They are hands that formed a whip to clear out the temple of ungodly practice. They are hands that reached out to touch a leper for the leper to be made whole. It was the hand of Jesus that was reached out to touch a coffin, outside of the town of Nain, to raise a young man back to life. His hands were used to take bread and break it, in an upper room with his disciples, to signify that his body would be broken. His hands were then stretched out upon a cross to have nails driven through them as he became the sacrifice for sins once for all. The hands of Jesus are something to consider.
In John 10:28, Jesus explains that nobody can remove his sheep from his hand. These hands that speak of blessing, grace, purity, healing, life, thankfulness, and sacrifice, are the hands that hold you securely. In todays verse, the Lord speaks to His people through the prophet Isaiah to declare that his people are engraved on the palms of his hands. Their walls (that which provides them with defence) are watched by Him. This sounds like a safe place to be.
It is interesting that later in Isaiah 49, in verse 22, we read that the hand of the Lord is raised in the controlling and moving of nations. God is in control. It is his hand that is dictating the state of play. While everything might be moving all around you (ultimately, at His behest), your position remains certain, safe, and secure; you are held firmly in his hand; the hand that is in control.
Today, if life feels uncertain, or if feelings of insecurity are taking hold of you; remind yourself that you are held firmly and unfailingly by the hand of Jesus.
Do I feel uncertain and insecure about my life? Am I fearful for my future? Do I need to remind myself of the fact that I am held securely and firmly by the hand of my Saviour?
Pray (The hymn by Anna Letitia Waring, 1850):
In heav’nly love abiding, No change my heart shall fear; And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here. The storm may roar without me, My heart may low be laid, But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed?
Wherever He may guide me, No want shall turn me back; My Shepherd is beside me, And nothing can I lack. His wisdom ever waketh, His sight is never dim; He knows the way He taketh, And I will walk with Him.
Green pastures are before me, Which yet I have not seen; Bright skies will soon be o’er me, Where darkest clouds have been. My hope I cannot measure, My path to life is free; My Savior has my treasure, And He will walk with me.