Hands

I recall with a smile, the time I took my young son out into the dark for his first look at the stars. It was a big adventure for him to be up late enough to go outside when it was dark.
We were no sooner out the front door when I felt a small hand being put in my left hand, and a little voice said, ‘I’ll hold your hand Mummy, so you won’t be scared of the dark.’ I took his hand and we went away from the lights of the house, and looked up into the sky. He held my hand for comfort, and also for protection from whatever he perceived was out there to ‘get him’.
This event came to mind the other day when I was thinking about a verse I had read in Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you’.
David, the mighty warrior, king, and leader, liked to think that he was stationed at God’s left hand. He said in Ps. 16:8, ‘I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.’ If you were in fighting mode, to figuratively take God’s left hand, meant that you were surrendering your power to Him, because you couldn’t hold a weapon.
That led me on to look at other verses where it talked about God’s Hands. Many different aspects of God’s character were revealed to me. I found Him to be a Protector, (Is 41:13) Saviour, (Ps 98:1) Provider, (Ps 145:16) Strengthener, (Ps 63:8) the All Powerful One, (Ex 15:6) and the One with Authority (Rev 1:7).
Then I read this in Exodus 15:6: ‘It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring victory; It was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.’
Here we see the compassionate and tender side of God, and the reason why His right hand is so active on our behalf. He is also the lover of our whole being. Just look at the above list, and realise that He is all these things for us…because He loves us!
This look at ‘hands’ showed me some of the characteristics of my Heavenly Father, and how they related to me, His child. However, there is an ongoing side to all of this to consider.
We are told in Prov. 3:27, in The Message version, ‘Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.’

Even though, you may think you are nobody special, every time you reach out in love, your hand is God’s hand. He needs us to be willing to act as His Hands, because sometimes that is the only way a person will meet with God! Sobering, isn’t it?
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