Hands can be so expressive. When curled up they indicate tension. When folded they can communicate a readiness to listen. When their palms are lifted, the hands express bafflement or confusion. Anger is expressed when they form a fist. But the open hand is a giving hand. I remember when our children were small. We tried to avoid spanking with our hand. We never wanted our hands to be feared. How terrible when children cringe from a helping hand! We wanted our hands to have a positive association.
This beautiful verse for today mentions God’s hands. They are open in a giving gesture to provide for His creation. Although God is spirit (John 4:24) it is helpful to have this image of His hands. He reigns, delivers and does mighty works with His powerful right hand. His hands are like no others and when He opens them, it is with loving provision. All that is good in our lives comes from those open hands.
I never need to cringe from His hands lifted in anger and punishment. Although wrath and judgement do come from His righteous hands I do not fear them. That is because I have placed my trust in Christ. By faith I have received His righteousness as a gift and I am no longer under any condemnation (Rom. 8;1). His nail-pierced hands are full of mercy and grace. I do not fear those hands as His perfect love has cast out all fear. (I John 4:18) I can trust His outstretched hands as they offer forgiveness and peace. His hands provide for me what truly satisfies that deep longing in my soul.
Thank you Lord, for opening Your hands to me.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)