“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
Do you sometimes scribble something on your palms? A bit old-fashioned, perhaps, especially in today’s context where we carry mobile devices and tablets everywhere we go. But maybe you once used to do that – write somebody’s number on your palm because you don’t have your mobile or a piece of paper with you, or perhaps jot your shopping list down on your palm so that you simply won’t miss out anything. Or just a short, but important message that you wouldn’t want to forget.
Scribbling on the palms of our hands always work as a reminder, because we’ll naturally look at the palms of our hands as we go about with our daily activities. You will see your palm before you grab your mug of coffee at Java House. You will see your palm when you try to run your hand through your hair. You will see your palm when you are opening a drawer.
Writing something down on your palm is almost always a sure-proof reminder. Can you imagine, then, that our names are engraved on the palm of God?
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine tattooing the name of somebody you love on your palm, hoping it will never fade nor distort? It would be quite a torment if you are offended with that person because his or her name will continually pop up in your mind and you will be reminded of him or her whether you like it or not. It will be torture if you fall out of love with that person or grow distant from that person. It will be crushing if that person betrays you or breaks your heart. Yet that was what God took on upon himself. Our names are engraved on his palm. We perpetually break His heart, but our names are never erased.
It is sometimes unthinkable of how that could be possible – how many of us are there? How can God possibly treat all of us as equally important?
We go back into the concept of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God – he is all present and all-knowing. He is all-powerful and he is capable of things we cannot imagine. You are important in God’s eyes. You are valued in God’s eyes. He will not forget you, because your name has been permanently etched on his palms. Cheer up, and purpose to worship Him, let nobody tell you otherwise. Accept His message of peace, the message of hope, the message of reconciliation, for He is a loving God. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10