A LOOK AT HIS HANDS (John 20:27)
I remember when I was younger I would sometimes write things on the palms of my hands that I wanted to remember. It might be phone numbers, names, and answers to test questions (otherwise called cheating), as well as other things that I did not want to forget. Writing them on the palm of my hand was a sure way to have them close and “handy.”
Sometimes when things go wrong as they sometimes will…this might be something to help us still. When we are tempted to think that God may have forsaken or forgotten us, we need to remember that He has our names written on the “palms of His hands.” This assures us that He never forgets or forsakes us no matter how bad it gets. Observe what Isaiah says in the following verses.
But Zion (people of God) said, The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have INSCRIBED YOU on the PALMS OF MY HANDS….(Isaiah 49:14-16).
Our “names” signify that He never forgets us. But there is more. There are the “nails” in His hands that specify that He always forgives us.
Now Thomas…said to them, “Unless I see in HIS HANDS THE PRINT OF THE NAILS…I will not believe.”….Then He (Jesus) said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and LOOKAT MY HANDS…Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:24-27).
Our names signify that He never forgets us. The nails specify that He always forgives us. But there is more. The loving “nature” of His hands verifies that He never forsakes us.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND….(John 10:27-30).
Perhaps there are certain times in our own lives when we may need to literally write the words “look at His hands” on the “palms of our own hands.” That way we can “cheat” Satan out of discouraging us. Are we bothered by guilt concerning the sins of our past or maybe just doubting that God cares about us now? Do we think that Satan will somehow get the best of us? If so, we need to, “Look at His hands” (Jn. 20:27). Think about His hands. The nails in His hands reminds us of His pardon (Jn. 20:24-27). Our names in His hands remind us of His presence (Isa. 49:14-16). The loving nature of His hands reminds us of His protection. In other words, the “nails” remind us that we are already “redeemed”…the “names” remind us that we are always “remembered”…the loving “nature” of His hands remind us that we are already “rescued.”
A “look at His hands” will remind us of the following truth: “For He Himself has said, “I will NEVER LEAVE you nor FORSAKE YOU” (Heb. 13:5). Our sins won’t keep Him away because they are forgiven…look at His hands and see the nails. Our doubts don’t keep Him away…look at His hands and see our names. And no one can ever snatch us away from Him…look at His hands and see His loving nature. All some of us may need now is a…pen and a palm! Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).