Isaiah 49:16a “See, I have engraved you on the palms of MY hands…”
By HIS Scars!
At rest in HIS hands
though embattled be!
So kneel we with Faith,
both awake and asleep.
When gone is the tide
and absent the sun;
with breath nearly failed
and when Hope has run.
In tandem when Grace
stands alongside us….
with Favor, our friend
and CHRIST, our provider!
Regardless Eye’s Sight,
Lay down your Wisdom.
Stand fast in HIS steps
and watch for HIS Kingdom!
For greater shall be
what HE has ordained!
Whether through Comfort
or sovereign-penned pains!
So limit your thoughts
save those which praise GOD…
…for HE wrote your life
by the scars on HIS palms!
As HIServants trusting the AUTHOR of our lives since it isn’t us,
Devotional: Job 2:10 “You speak as a foolish woman speaks,” he told her. “Should we accept from GOD only good and not adversity?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
Job is speaking to his doubting wife who crassly states he should just “curse GOD and die.” But he points out the very truth and we are told he did not sin in his statement. Consider 2 Peter 2:9!
…“then the LORD knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment…”
We are being transformed into HIS image on a Potter’s wheel in this life. 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the LORD, are being transformed into HIS image with intensifying glory, which comes from the LORD, WHO is the SPIRIT.”
Small pieces of clay are often removed. Sometimes large chunks are cut off. But all is purposed. HE designed our lives and our steps.
Whatever HE removes, must be ordained. When we’re walking in HIS steps and trials come, we can rest BECAUSE we are drawing near to HIM.
But woe to those who continue to wander and suffer greatly! HIS transforming process will be all the more painful. Let’s look at James 1:2
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…”
In contrast, when we ARE walking with JESUS, we can rejoice even in “prisons” and tough trials because we have eliminated the “correction” variable.
By remaining humbled and broken, we’ll know that whatever suffering we face, HE will bring all things together for good. HE will brings us forth as diamonds after the fierce pressure passes.
Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
It seems contrary to popular Christianity to think that our trials are sovereignly purposeful. But the Bible is full of such truths.
Whether Job, Joseph, Paul, Mary, Esther and many others, HE did through them as HE SCRIPTED before Time.
We are to rejoice and continue in hope while experiencing tribulation. Like the various servant of GOD did in history past. And! We are all to pray without ceasing regardless.
Acts 14:22 “…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of GOD.”
CHRIST said HE has already overcome the world. HE said we would fellowship with HIM in the sufferings HE endured for us. But consider with Joy the following verses as we close!
Romans 8:35-37 “Who shall separate us from the love of CHRIST? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For YOUR sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM WHO loved (and forever loved) us.”
Conquerors! Us! In the nail scarred hands and love of CHRIST JESUS! Amen and amen!