“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” Isaiah 49:16
It happens a lot. The Lord reminds me of His care.
As I question suffering, sickness, corruption, persecution, or matters which David says are “too difficult for me” (Ps 131:1), the Lord shifts my focus. He redirected my thoughts today through Tony Reinke’s Miscellanies (Cross-Centered blog), with a profound excerpt about the proof of Jesus’ love and care.
“If you know Jesus, then the hand holding yours bears the calluses of a carpenter who worked with wood and carried a cross for you. When he opens his hand, you see the gnarled flesh of the nail scars on his wrists. And when you think he doesn’t understand your pain, realize that you don’t understand the extent of his pain. Love him or not, he has proven he loves you!
“If you hate suffering, does it make sense to choose eternal suffering when God has already suffered so much to deliver you from it?
“In your most troubled moments, when you cry out to God, ‘Why have you let this happen?’ picture the outstretched hands of Christ, forever scarred…for you.
Do those look like the hands of a God who does not care?”
Please read more at Tony’s Miscellanies blog, or check out the book by Randy Alcorn: If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil, Multnomah, 2009.