Saturday, June 26, 2021
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Isaiah 49:16 – See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (NIV)

The pages revealed whose it was and under what circumstances.

Mom received a call from her niece. They had cleaned out my aunt's house and discovered some things that might be of interest to Mom. Though never a lover of old or sentimental things, Mom took them.

The items included four funeral home books for deceased relatives, newspaper clippings, family pictures, and two Bibles — both of which had my aunt's name handwritten inside, along with who had given them to her and when. One of the two had her name engraved on the outside.

After looking to see who gave her the Bible, I wasn't surprised by the engraving on the outside. When I was eight years old, Mom and Dad — and I — had given my aunt the Bible for her birthday. For his entire lifetime, Dad had followed this pattern of engraving a name on the outside of a Bible. Every Bible that he had ever owned — and that was a multitude — had his name engraved on it. The inside page with the handwritten name might be lost, scratched out beyond recognition, or torn out, but the name on the outside would remain. It was his Bible.

In Isaiah's day, the nation of Israel needed reassurance. They had a habit of disobeying God, and God had a habit of punishing them. But better days were in store, because they repented. They would once again return to their homeland.

Life is tough and filled with bitter disappointments. To me — just as He said to Israel — God says that I'm engraved on His hand. No one can steal me from His grip or scratch out the fact that I belong to Him. Unwise decisions and sinful actions will bring His discipline, but the engraving stands. Willful, occasional sin may slightly obscure my name, but I'm still God's child, and confession will once again bring out the brilliance of the engraving.

When it appears that God has forsaken me, God has His ways of showing me the engraving and reminding me that I still belong to Him. My name is engraved on His hand. And so is yours, if you've invited Jesus into your life.

Don't fear life or the things that it brings. Your name is engraved on the Father's hand. He is loving, kind, gentle, and more powerful than anything that the world can throw your way.

Prayer: Father, show us the engraving often so that we'll never forget to Whom we belong. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A very precious thought!

    Enjoyed your story today!

    Thank you, Martin. A great reminder for us all.

    Good one Martin.

    Beautiful Martin, Blessings,

    Thanks Martin, for your thoughtful devotion.

    Martin, thank you for this precious reminder you told so well. Engraved! Loved being reminded today.

    Very effective illustration for the Canada Presbyterian devotional this morning Martin.
    Thank you.

    Your particular writing and scripture are very important and helpful to me today, Martin. Thank you for the inspiration and hope that it gives me today.

    Good Morning Martin
    Thank you for this devotional, the words “confession will once again bring out the brilliance.” Really touched me!!!
    God bless.

    Thanks, Martin, for the devotional ENGRAVED.
    The sentence, “It was his Bible.” Reminded me of visiting an elderly man about eight years ago. When my request was granted to read to him and his spouse from the Scriptures, he fetched his 1938 Bible gifted from his Sunday School teacher.

    Hi Martin,
    Really enjoyed today’s devotional!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Such powerful story!
    May you be blessed today and always.

    Dear Martin,
    Thank you for another of your very mindful devotionals. Yes, we must always remember who us has engraved on His hand and is ever ready to respond to us. His love and guidance carries us through whatever life circumstances we face. Blessings for the writings you do for the morning devotionals.

    Good morning Martin
    I like this part you wrote “Don’t fear life or the things that it brings. Your name is engraved on the Father’s hand. He is loving, kind, gentle, and more powerful than anything that the world can throw your way.”
    Thank you.

    Your devotional is so encouraging today, Martin. Thanks. I especially appreciated this part:
    occasional sin may slightly obscure my name, but I’m still God’s child, and confession will once again bring out the brilliance of the engraving.
    The concept of the renewed “brilliance of the engraving” is so reassuring as we all do fall short!!

    Wonderful support for those whose names are engraved! Our struggle at the moment IS “against flesh and blood” for our son has been diagnosed with cancer, and as yet, his name is not engraved on the Father’s hand.
    We are thanking God for His presence in the situation and praying we will all find shelter “under the shadow of His wings”
    Thanks for this wisdom, Martin,

    Thank you, Martin. This has been an encouraging reminder to me.

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