His Presence

“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” Isaiah 49: 15, 16

BY TERESA GEORGE

I have several scars on my body that are unwelcome reminders of the accidents that caused them. The “scars” which leave a memory I welcome are the lines that crisscross my stomach like a road map, my stretch marks. I remember in amazement the feeling of life growing inside me and the growth that enlarged my stomach and stretched my skin. I proudly wear my ‘scars’ as a reminder of the babies, now men, my husband and I brought into the world together.

I remember nursing those precious babies and the protective love that exploded in me for them. Over the years, no matter their actions, the consequences, the pain, or the financial cost, we have not abandoned or forgotten our children.  We love them!

God chose the nation of Israel as His children. They turned from worshipping Him to worshipping idols and chose the ways of their culture over obedience to God. That led them to chaos in their culture and ultimately to slavery. Out of a restoring love, God allowed many obstacles to come their way. The Israelites felt abandoned and forgotten. Through the prophet Isaiah He tells them, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and have no compassion on the son of her womb?  Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.  Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” (Is. 49:15-16)

These prophetic words would bring Israel comfort and hope. They apply to us today. We may be involved in idolatry (loving things or people more than Him) or slavery (addictions, habits, compulsive behavior). We may love following our culture more than His commands. He is ready to restore us to Himself. He gave a figurative picture to Israel that they are inscribed on the palms of His hands.  For Christians today there is a literal picture in Jesus Christ. Consider the nails that pierced His palms leaving scars as reminders of the price it took to birth His spiritual family.

Through His perfect love He promises His continual presence with His children. If we feel abandoned or forgotten perhaps we should look at our own lives and see who has shifted away, us or Him?