Isaiah 49:15-16: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
What a great comfort and encouragement it is to know that although the LORD God is so great and magnificent in His Being, He takes notice of His children because He cares for His own! If you are a child of God, know this: you are not just a number in the system! You are special in God’s eyes!
In Psalm 8:3-4, the Psalmist wrestles with this very fact as he tries to reconcile God’s greatness on one hand and His tender love and care for man on the other. He writes, “When I look at Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?”
Yes, it’s truly amazing that the Infinite LORD who is all sufficient in Himself and does not need would stoop down so low in order to touch and bless mankind. For example, how He provides food for the hungry; how He comforts the afflicted; how He heals the sick and broken-hearted; how He causes His sun to shine over the godly as well as the wicked, etc. God has done and continues to do great things for mankind in the works of creation and providence – ultimately, for His own glory!
But the greatest way in which the LORD demonstrated His love and care for sinful mankind, is through His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ. The writer to the Hebrews (quoting Psalm 8:3-4), shows us the ultimate way by which the LORD God has shown His goodness, love and care toward us, namely by giving us Christ (see Hebrews 2:6-8).
Thus, all who are in Christ can rest assured that they are special in the LORD’s eyes. He has a special place for them and has given them the right to become the children of God. He has adopted them into His family because they have received the LORD Jesus Christ and put their faith in Him (see John 1:12).
In Isaiah 49:15-16, the LORD God assures Israel of this very fact because they were His chosen people. Though He had sent them into exile in order to discipline them for their sin and rebellion against Him, they still remained His precious, chosen people and He was determined to rescue them. Thus, we find in Isaiah, the promise of the Messiah (the Suffering Servant) who would come to free the LORD’s people from bondage and captivity.
Today, Christians all over the world (not just Jewish Christians) can celebrate this promise and claim it for themselves because of Christ. What a wonderful blessing that is!
If you are a Christian, perhaps, now is a good time for you to stop and thank the LORD that He has given you Christ and that in and through Him, you have a special place before the LORD. No matter what you may be going through today, be comforted by the fact that He has not forgotten you. The best of mothers can forget their children, but the LORD will never do so. He has engraved your name on the palm of His hands and claimed you as His own in Christ! Rest and hope in Him!
Isaiah 43:1: But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, You are mine.
Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
Matthew 10:29-31: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.