Saturday, April 23, 2011

In God's Hands

I recently had the pleasure of going on a cruise. While I was out at sea, I was enthralled by the volume of water all around in every direction as far as the eye could see. I meditated on the verse
" Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens"
Isaiah 40:12

I thought about the fact that he not only measures the waters that look so expansive to me in the palm of his hand, but he also used those very same hands to create the earth and the skies above
"My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens"
Isaiah 48: 13

Those hands must be so impressive... so strong, so powerful! As a matter of fact when I did a word study this morning on the word "hand" or "hands"... I found that hands are a "figure of power, control, care, direction & strength" (Strong's Concordance). I had never thought of power and control as being in the same set of descriptive words as care! I love how God's Word often opens up new meanings for me as I read!!!

As I completed this word study on "hands" I was blown away by all that God's hands do. Those same hands that form the heavens and the skies, and measure the heavens and the skies also
  • sustain me {Ps. 18:35}
  • uphold me (gives support, confidence, braces) {Ps. 63:8, Ps 37:24, Is. 41:10}
  • hold me {Ps. 73:23, Is. 42:6}
  • stretch out against the anger of my foes (protects me) {Ps. 138:7}
  • save me {Ps 138:7}
  • satisfy my desires {Ps. 145: 16}
  • strengthen me {Is. 41:10}
  • form me like clay {Jer. 18:6}
  • fill me with joy and eternal pleasures {Ps. 16:11}
Over and over again in the scriptures it talks of how God holds us by the hand. His hands, the powerful, creation making hands, take the CARE to help me...

"Your right hand sustains me, you stoop down to make me great"
Psalm 18:35
All I can say now is
"As for me, I am in Your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right"
Jeremiah 26:14
Thank-you Lord for Your love so great that you would stoop down to hold my tiny hand in yours and comfort me on the path of life.