Your Face Is Always on God's Mind
“Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:16, AMP)
Many industries and companies have very strict requirements and policies about body tattoos and piercings. Most require that an employee’s tattoos are covered and not visible to public view. In some industries, entertainment and professional sports especially, tattoos are widely accepted, even the norm. International travel allows you to see that the practice of adorning the human body with tattoos and piercings has been going on for centuries. Various cultures have used tattoos to signify everything from tribal origin and status, marital status, group identity, idol worship, rites of passage, personal courage or bravery, and victory in battle. We live in a culture that embraces tattoos and body piercings. Go to any mall or football stadium where there is a large crowd and you will see hearts filled with the name of a first love; an endless stream of designs, animals, gang symbols, slogans, signs, and nicknames. While most tattoos last a lifetime, a common practice in some cultures is to paint designs or images on the hands with henna. The advantage of this procedure is that it is temporary and easily removed. Even “permanent” tattoos can be removed but it is a costly and painful process.
Where did all this start? This verse tells us that it all started with God. Your image is imprinted on the palm of God’s hands as a reminder to Him of His love for you. As a Christian, we should be encouraged and comforted knowing that our tattoo on God’s hand will never wash off, be removed, or go out of style, and God will never grow tired of looking at you. Isaiah tells us that God is constantly reminded of you. Your face is always on His mind!
Child of God, I encourage you to copy God’s behavior. Ask the Holy Spirit to imprint the face of Jesus Christ on your heart, mind and spirit. Wear His tattoo proudly for all to see.
Lord, thank you for imprinting me on your heart and on your hands. Jesus, the image of your face has been tattooed on my heart, mind, and spirit. I will never grow tired of looking into your face. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen
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