Last year, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array imaged an exploded star with cloud-like material that resembled “the hand of God”. This cosmic photo, widely reported, was more than a holy apparition or super wonder of nature; it served as a solid reminder of the very real existence of a divine hand that continually strengthens, guides and sustains every believer.
Jabez believed in the power of the hand of God. He knew that if he would be successful in completing the kingdom-sized assignments given to him by God, trusting in God’s hand/presence was his only option. 1 Chronicles 4: 10, “Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.”
The members of the early church as recounted in Acts 11: 21 depended on the hand of God to conquer new spiritual territories, fulfill miracles and mass conversions. The hand of God worked through them to birth tremendous results in their time. “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”
Joshua knew that it was only through the powerful dealings of the hand of God that the Israelites were able to witness one miracle after the other. It was the hand of God upon their camp that dried up the Jordan as well as the Red Sea. Joshua 4: 23, 24, “For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.”
Even David depended on the hand of God. He knew that even though he had to be punished for his sins by the hand of God, that hand was still more merciful than the hand of any man. “David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” (2 Samuel 24: 14).
This hand of God that “laid the foundation of the earth” (Isaiah 48: 13) is upon us this week. It will strengthen and sustain our weak spirits: “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59: 1) It will safely guide us along straight or winding paths: “See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40: 10, 11) It will uphold us above the fog of our varied burdens: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41: 10) It will continue to mold and shape us just as the potter molds and shapes the clay: “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64: 8)
This divine hand that is always with us and for us is a hand we can trust. May we be filled to the brim with spiritual blessings as we allow it to work wonders in and through us.
Peace, love and blessings,
Scripture of the Week – Psalm 139: 5
“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”
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