Isaiah 49:16a (Amplified Bible) “Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands.”
The idea of “Scars of Commitment” is not an easy thought to ponder. What in my life would be considered scar worthy? Are there events in my life that would be monumental enough to consider being in the category of sacrificial? Isaiah was telling Zion that He was aware of their needs and He would write on His hands ( palms ), basically their names or perhaps his promises. Isaiah even said that God would lift His hands to the nations so they could all see His care for Zion ( Israel ).
John 12:33 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”
Our Lord and Savior did the same thing but with the piercing of His palms. Using the phrase, lightly, “Scars of Commitment” takes on a whole new meaning. If we, as His children were to think of our “Scars of Commitments”, what would they be?
Paul the Apostle’s “Scars of Commitment”: “From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren.” 2 Corinthians 11:24-26
I personally cannot think of such “Scars of Commitment” in my life of this nature. But, I am reminded that they can come and should come.
II Timothy 3:12 (Amplified Bible) “Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand].”
When those moments come into our lives, may they show that we endured for His name sake and the battle scars are simply tattoos of those “Scars of Commitment”.
– Elder James Ulmer