Is 49 Engraven or Inscribed
Isaiah quotes the words of the Lord to those who feel God has abandoned them: “Look, I have inscribed your name on my palms;” [Is 49:16] Inscribing or engraving is done with a tool that makes it permanent, much like a tattoo. God is saying to Israel, no matter where I send you or what your life will be like, I am there and will not abandon you. This visual illustration had to be comforting to them in this time of discipline by the hand of God.
Remember Thomas as he stood before the risen Christ? He had said, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it! [Jn 20:25] Jesus lovingly came to Thomas and said: “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” [Jn 20:27]
Sometimes the trials of life are challenging, and they seem to be long and arduous, but God’s engraving tool has etched your name on His palm, and the nail holes of Jesus are a reminder that He has us on His mind daily, moment by moment. He has not forgotten you.
Take a moment and look at your palms and envision God’s palm and your name written there.