Held in God’s Hands

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:

Psalm 31:5

Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

Psalm 31:15

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,

    yet[e] in[f] my flesh I will see God;

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.

15 Comments on “Held in God’s Hands”

  1. Excellent reminder! Thanks for the encouragement- and reminding me where I need to go when I am feeling discouraged!!

  2. Thank you for your words Matt, especially on such a weekend as we remember the lives that were lost on September 11th many years ago. Even though there was such tragedy on that day, Our Great Big God was their holding us in His Hands. Beth Ann

  3. Matt, these posts have been so timely. It’s as if the Holy Spirit downloaded just what I needed when I needed it. Just the right moment, right? 🙂
    It has ministered deeply to me and brings tears to my eyes.
    Please keep going- press on- you are blessing many.
    His,
    Kim

  4. I am so encouraged that “He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it “. That He doesnt lay us aside and work on another vessel but He works through until we’re complete, because he had a plan and purpose for us before we were formed, now He’s making the vessel that suits His purpose

  5. Matt, I sincerely appreciate these words that are a reminder and confirmation of God’s presence in my life. Sometimes we lose focus with all of the distractions and uncertainties we face, but thank God He is ever present. I am grateful for encouragements, they breathe restoration and renewal. Thank you again.

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