The Hands of God

Good Monday, everyone!

bibleYesterday morning at Riverside I preached a sermon entitled “The Hands of God.” I would like to give the basic outline, along with an edited version of the recording sent to the radio. The recording was made before Sunday, but the message was essentially the same.

There are several things about the hands of God worth noting.

  1. They Created Man (Gen. 2:7). As much as we would like to think that we are self-made, there is a Hand that formed us from the dust of the earth. We are not like the rest of creation which was simply spoken into existence; we were fashioned by the loving, artistic hand of the Creator, and His fingerprints are all over us.
  2. They Contain the Believer (John 10:27-29). The believer should never worry about his salvation. He should never worry about being stolen away. Thank God that we are in His hand, and nothing, not even ourselves, can remove us from His omnipotent protection.
  3. They Chastise the Child (Prov. 3:12; 13:24; 22:15; 19:18; Deut. 8:5; Rev. 3:19). God is not a Father who encourages “time outs;” He knows how to apply loving discipline to our seats of instruction. If more parents would worry less about the world’s wisdom and suggestions and follow the wise instruction of Scripture, we might not have as many entitlement-claiming, over-grown bratty children running the streets demanding their own way.
  4. They Carry the Broken (Isa. 40:11). Praise the Lord for His mercy and love! As the gentle shepherd who must sometimes break the leg of the wandering lamb, God must discipline us. However, it is then that He carries us close to his bosom where we learn to love being in His presence.
  5. They Catch the Stumbler (Psa. 37:23-24). There are times when we stumble, but because He is holding our hand, we will not “utterly” fall.

As Jonathan Edwards preached in 1741, it is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.” But as a child of God, there is no better place to be. David said, even after he had sinned, “Let me fall into the hand of the Lord…” (1 Chron. 21:13). He knew the truth that brought comfort, a comfort the world does not know, “The LORD will not cast off his people…” (Psa. 94:14).

Listen to the Radio Version below:

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6 responses to “The Hands of God

  1. Mr. Baker, I enjoy your everyday posts very much to nourish my spiritual life. Thank you for your willingenss to share it with me. However I’ve this question I have been keeping because I don’t know if it is appropriate for me to ask to my preacher. If you would, please answer it.

    As a Christian child we’ve been told that God is almighty and know everything that happen, in the past, present, and future. Then I think if it is so, then our life has been destined by God to be in certain way God has arranged. Our life have been dictated to be ended according to God’s plan. Then what is the purpose of our life, in particular our choice in life? Isn’t it pointless for us to choose when out there, God has wrote our life to ended His way?

    I’m sorry if this is unappropriate to ask to you, but I’ve been questioning it for years and I’m to afraid to ask it directly to my spiritual leader. Thank you.

    • My friend, I’m not only honored, I’m humbled. Thank you for reading.

      At the this moment I am unable to respond in detail (I am in a meeting that will last several hours, then I have other appointments until the evening). However, I will do my best to give you my best answer to your question as soon as possible. Thank you for giving me the privilege to answer.

      In the meantime, would you be able to tell me something? If you are able, could you tell me what country you live in? It always amazes me how a blog like this can reach people in places I may never get to visit in person.

      • I live in Indonesia, South East Asian country where most of the population is not Christian. I’m waiting for your answer Mr. Baker. Thanks

    • My friend, please for give me for taking so long to reply, but now that I am back home and sitting at my computer, let me see if I can help. I will do the best I can, at least.

      You said, “I’ve been questioning it for years and I’m afraid to ask…” To begin with, why would you wonder if it would be appropriate to ask your own preacher or spiritual leader this question? Do you think that person would become upset with you, or disappointed? Are you afraid of what they may think of your faith? Never be afraid to ask hard questions. Asking a question does not mean you lack faith, so don’t be ashamed.

      God made man with a free will; He did not make robots or machines. God made man so that He could have fellowship him, not hear a pre-programmed recording. Although God is truly sovereign, it is not out of the question for Him to allow us to make our own choices. He is never out of control, for He could intervene at any time, but He does allow us free will, for how else could our love for him be genuine?

      Even though God knows everything that has and will happen, that does not mean that life has to be fatalistic. Life is NOT pointless, nor is it dictated to the smallest detail. Does having the ability to choose take away from God’s ability to know? Of course not! God knows what we will choose in life before we ever do it. But just because God knows, that does not mean God arranges our lives in such a way that we have no say.

      God always had a plan for the people of Israel, both individually and as a nation. Much of His dealings with those people had to do with what they chose to do with Him. And if they are to be an example unto us, then consider the following verses:

      “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV

      In the New Testament we read: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13 KJV). In John 3:16 we read that “whosoever” may believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Choosing Christ, choosing to live for God, and choosing to do His will is the mark of a heart that loves Him. Even though God may know everything, we still bear the responsibility to choose the paths he sets before us. He will bless us when we choose correctly, and chastise us when we choose according to our sinful desires.

      I hope this helps. If not, let me know. I will do my best to explain further.
      God bless you!

      • Your reply give me a new perspective Mr. Baker. It is a fool myself to be afraid asking my question, because I thought I will lose the approval of other people. At first I thought God is controlling every of our will and intervening it. But from your reply I got a message that God is watching, observing us without intervening. Is that what you mean?

        Once again, thank you for helping me to grow in faith.

      • Yes, it is a fool of me trying to get approval from the world by not asking such question. Your reply does give more perspective into my thinking, I will let it sink for a while. Thank you Mr. Baker, I really appreciate your help.

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