Sometimes, when reading in the Bible, you read something that just makes your heart skip a beat. You catch your breath, let a tear fall onto the pages, and feel overwhelmed in the greatness of God’s love for you.
This is how I feel every time I read in Isaiah, specifically chapters 42-44. These chapters are love letters filled with promises, affirmations, and God’s longing for His people to turn back to Him. To put it simply: the Lord pouring out His heart to us. He’s begging His lost sheep to return, because His arms are wide open. He is pouring out his grace and mercy and love towards them before they even love him back. He is promising that he will completely forget their sins if they come back to him, if they call Him Father. Why? “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you”. (Isaiah 43:4)
It’s so deep and awe-filled, and overwhelmingly beautiful that you can’t not willingly, eagerly, hold out your heart to God in ecstatic love and perfect joy.
From reading in those chapters, what spoke to my heart today the most was these verses…
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’, another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s’, and name himself by the name of Israel.”Isaiah 44:3-5
Quick reminder: God’s promises don’t expire. He may promise things, and they won’t be brought to pass until hundreds of years later, but just because it takes time, doesn’t mean that they have lost their power and become void. No, they are just as alive and real as ever.
When I read that last part, (“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’, … and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s’, and name himself by the name of Israel”). I immediately felt like I should do just that. I got my pen, and wrote on the palm of my hand, “The Lord’s”. Claiming myself for His glory and purposes – that I am His love. I also felt like I should look up what those words were in Hebrew. Of course, google translate isn’t exact, so who knows if this is really the correct translation, but…
For some reason, It feels so much deeper when you write (or see) it in the language that God would have actually spoken it in. It makes me feel closer to the Lord. And how amazing is it that I just helped to fulfill the promise that God made to His people?
“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’, … and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s’, and name himself by the name of Israel”.Isaiah 44:5
Did you know that God also has put you on the palms of HIS hands??
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.Isaiah 49:16
So, I am engraved on the palms of His hands, and I have written on the palm of my hand that I am His. How beautiful is that?
I encourage you today to go and read those two chapters; Isaiah 42-44 and write on the palm of your hand “The Lord’s”. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are His. Walk in the full confidence and joy of that today, and whenever you look at the palm of your hand, know that Jesus is looking at His.
I hope that this encouraged and uplifted you today! Know that you are loved beyond understanding by your Creator. Let me know your thoughts + questions in the comments below!