Faith Column: His amazing hand
July 10, 2015
Just take a moment to look at your right hand. Then with your right hand touch your fingers to your thumb one at a time and count to four and then count your thumb. Several years ago a group of medical doctors and mechanical engineers got together to create a mechanical hand for the soldiers returning from war who had lost their hand/s in IED explosions and other ways. They did their best to engineer a mechanical hand and had great success except for one feature the hand could not do was to touch fingers to thumbs.
A few weeks ago in my daily Bible reading and study I came across Psalm 145:16 (NIV) "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." WOW! This word caused me to begin a word search about the hand of God.
In Exodus 15:6 and 12 God's hand destroys the enemy. In Psalm 16:11 David writes at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 17:7 David writes again that God shows his marvelous lovingkindness by his right hand. Psalm 18:35 David says your right hand holds me up. Psalm 21:8 states your right hand will find your enemies and those who hate tou. Psalm 48:10 "Your right hand is full of righteousness." Psalm 74:10-12 Asaph asks God to take His right hand out of his clothes and destroy the enemy. Psalm 108:6 David asks God to take His right hand and save him and God's people. Psalm 139:10 David writes "Your hand shall lead me and your right hand shall hold me." So God's hand saves, rescues, destroys His and our enemies, protects us, guides us, fills our lives with pleasures, is gentle and satisfies the desires of all living things. As far as I understand God does not have hands (my thought) because he is formless and commanded the Israelites not to even try to make an image of Him because he is more than anything mankind could think, make, or imagine. Yet God created us with hands and wanted us to understand Him in reference to our bodies so we could relate to and understand Him better.
But, look at your right hand again for a moment. When I reflected on God's hand and the blessings and benefits from His hand I thought about my hand, your hand, well actually any man or woman's hand which took me to the creation in Genesis. God created man and woman and placed them in the garden and commanded them not to eat, not even to touch, the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. The woman was tempted by Satan and reached up with her hand and took hold of the fruit and put it to her mouth with her hand. The man who was with her either when she offered the fruit reached out with his hand and took the fruit from the woman or he reached up with his hand and took the fruit from the tree and put the fruit to his mouth with his hand. Our hands cause us to sin. It is not a sin to be tempted but the action of sin usually involves our hand/s in some way. My encouragement to you is to think about what your hand does throughout a day and whether your hand is one that exemplifies the love and grace of God or do you commit sin against God and others with your hand/s? Lord, help my hands to be healing, loving hands guided by the Holy Spirit to help someone today.
Tim Douglas is the pastor at Ridgeview Church of God.