Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
Proverbs 30:4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!
Isaiah 48:13 My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together.
Habakkuk 3:4 His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.
So what happened? Obviously I didn't commit suicide, even though that is what my full intentions were. I pictured myself as a broken doll, thrown into a ditch, sodden and filthy. And all of a sudden two loving arms reached down and two loving hands picked me up, cleaned me off, healed my hurts and set me on my feet. But the most amazing thing was that my heart, which had been filled with hatred and loathing, was now full of love and joy, in the twinkling of an eye.
Deuteronomy 33:26-27 "There is no one like the God of Jeshurun [the upright one], who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, `Destroy him!'
Now, I had not prayed or asked God for help. I'm sure that my mother and grandmother were praying for me, as they always have, but they didn't know in the physical realm what was on my mind, because I told no one. But in this instant, God reached down to me, and filled me with love and hope, and immediately I realized that I had been looking at life all wrong.
I had gotten "saved" 500 times or so, but never really believed God accepted me because I was such a failure in living the Christian life. That's why I kept getting saved, because I thought my salvation depended on my works, and my works were crummy.
But now, scooped up by the everlasting arms of God's love and held in His hands, I could see things from a totally different viewpoint. It was like being raised from the dead and looking down from Heaven and getting the whole picture. God loved me, He sent Jesus who died for me, and accepting that fact was what being saved meant!
The point is: Jesus had compassion on a poor struggling fool without a clue. I had no faith to claim a miracle with. My life was a mess. I was as good as dead. But my Lord loved me and raised me up in His hands and filled me with love.
Psalms 63:8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
Psalms 139:9-10 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”
John 10:28-30 I give them eternal life, and
they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father,
who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out
of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
Isaiah 51:16 I have put my words in your mouth
and covered you with the shadow of my hand-- I who set the heavens in place,
who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, `You are my
Exodus 15:6 "Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.”
Psalms 44:3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.
Psalms 22:16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
John 20:25, 27 So the other disciples told
him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see
the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and
put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."…
Then he [Jesus] said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
Psalms 31:5,15 Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth…My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance
for us to do.
We are also told that He used the breadth of His hand to measure the
universe, and set each star in place with His fingers. What mighty hands
Or we can humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, the hand of the
Creator of all things, and He will hide us there and strengthen us, and
in due time exalt us:
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
||Yes, God's Hands are big enough to save us all, to keep us all, to bring us victory, and to lift us up. Put yourself in God's Hands today!|
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The Open Heart
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