One of the things I am always on the lookout for as I read God’s Word is repeated words and phrases, especially those that show up throughout the Bible (because those might contribute to a broader theme). My reading plan spans multiple parts of the Bible (Psalm, Old Testament, Gospel, and Epistle), and recently a theme stuck out to me: hands.
I love how infants are fascinated by hands. I can hold my hand in front of my infant daughter Josie and she is fascinated – she will slightly turn her tiny head, narrow her eyes, and reach out to touch and grasp my hand with her little fingers with a grip I often do not notice unless I am looking at her. I don’t know why, but I think that is amazing.
I am amazed at how often the Scriptures speak of God’s hands. Here’s what I read this week:
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.
In one case, David is handing something over to God’s hands (his spirit) and in another case; David recognizes the reality of what is already in God’s hands (“my times”). I began to study what was meant by “my times” because that is an odd phrase. It literally means, “now,” but not a single now or moment, but a connected now or continuous set of moments. So when God holds our “now” in His hands, He is holding the present moment we are standing in along with everything in front and after.
Here’s what I realized: all of the nows in our life add up to a future, not only in His hands – but before His face.
Job 19:25-27 tells us:
I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
So very often in my life I do not feel like my “now” is in God’s hands. These are the moments I feel as though my life and ministry is out of control – things are stacked up against me, the wheels are coming off, my head is spinning (all the metaphors). I take great comfort in knowing my “now” no matter how chaotic, is held by God. And his grip is not like that of an infant; it is strong, encompassing, and healing.
Maybe you’re like me and you need to be reminded of this truth from time to time. Our times are in God’s hands. Our present and future moments as parents, ministry leaders, church staff members – He holds all of it.