One of the amazing things about serving the almighty and faithful God is this:
Even when we take our eyes off Him, He remains faithful. His promises to us stand in spite of us. He will not, cannot forget them.
Isaiah 49:16 reminded me of that truth - even though at first glance, I thought I was picking a whole other lesson. Thank God for the habit of reading verses in context. Let's take a look.
"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:16
Flipping through my "The Word in Color" Bible verse coloring book, I came across this one and thought I'd be contemplating my deep commitment to the Lord.
It turns out, as soon as you read this verse in context, you'll notice it is actually about the Lord's commitment to us. Yes, we are not in a one-sided relationship. We do not worship an unresponsive God. Remember, we serve the God who came to this earth and died for us!
How to Meditate on Scripture by Coloring
I am not an artist by any means, as you will see this month... This exercise has not been about creating beautiful art but about dwelling on God's Word. If you are an artist and can create beauty in the process, more power to you! That's wonderful.
Here are a few tips to make this a life-changing experience:
- Read the verse in context before you begin coloring. That way, as you spend your time dwelling on Scripture, you have a much better idea of what it's actually talking about. Skipping this step can lead to some serious misinterpretation of Scripture.
- Consider each phrase of the verse when coloring and dwell on the truth it presents. What difference can/should this truth make in your life?
- Pray as you color and think. Ask God to help you internalize and apply the verse in front of you. Ask Him to help you more strongly rely on Him!
- Snap a picture of your verse and text it to someone you love with an encouraging note. Who needs the reminder of this verse and a little recap of how God just used it in your life?
At the time God gave this word of truth to Isaiah, Israel was in exile. God had already promised to restore them and is reminding them here that He has not forgotten His people. Isaiah 48:14-16 says,
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
Let's consider this verse more closely:
- I have written: Without reading too much into the language used here, I think it is fair to say that this was an active decision the Lord made. He wrote... an action He actively chose.
- Your Name: When the Bible speaks of names, it signifies so much more than it does today. It's not just what people shout out to get your attention. It signifies who you are.
- On the Palm of my Hands: There it is... your name written on the palm of His hands. The Lord will not forget about you. You are on His mind daily because your name is right there on His hand. He cannot help but remember you in all that He does.
Is that refreshingly comforting to you? It was to me.
I send the picture of this verse to a young girl from church who had been on my heart and mind that week. I wanted to share with her the blessing that meditating on the Word through coloring had been in my life lately and remind her of God's faithfulness at the same time.
This is the last blog post in this coloring page series. I'd love to hear how God has challenged you this month to pause and medidate on a small portion of Scripture, to spend significant time internalizing its message. Have you sent any of these verses to a friend to encourage them? Tell us about it in the comments below.
If you missed this series, you can go back and check out the other posts:
- Meditating on Truth: Strength for Today
- Meditating on Truth: God is Sovereign
- Meditating on Truth: I am His Work in Progress
May God bless you with a deep reminder of His faithfulness.