Main Idea: God has not forgotten you.
Isaiah 49.16 (CSB): Look, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands.
Devotional: I remember the first time I read today’s verse. I was laying in my bed late one November night; I felt as though God had forgotten me, tuned me out, and left me to wallow in a pit of despair. Today’s verse was part of a devotional by Charles Spurgeon. When I read the verse and the devotional, I was immediately comforted and reminded that God had not forgotten me, tuned me out, or left me to wallow in despair. Rather, he was well aware of me and my circumstances.
God has inscribed you and me on the palm of his hands. How often do you see the palm of your hands? How often do you write notes to yourself on the palm of your hands when paper is absent? When God says that he has inscribed us on the palms of his hands, he has told us that we are there permanently and will never be forgotten.
Have you felt as though God has forgotten you? Take heart! If you are in Christ, he will never forget you. Charles Spurgeon wrote this about today’s verse: It does not say “your name.” The name is there, but that is not all: “I have engraved you.” Consider the depth of this! “I have engraved your person, your image, your circumstances, your sins, your temptations, your weaknesses, your wants, your works; I have engraved you, everything about you, all that concerns you; I have put all of this together here.”
Take heart, dear friend. He will never forget you.
-Have you ever felt like God has forgotten you? What led you to feel that way?
-How do you feel knowing that God will never forget you?
Heaven and earth may well be astonished that rebels should obtain such a closeness to the heart of infinite love as to be written on the palms of his hands. —Charles Spurgeon