- Written by Andy Searles
The Psalmist tells us that God’s hands are faithful, fair and trustworthy (Psalm 111:7). Because of this, it makes joyful sense to commit everything about us into his hands (Psalm 31:5). It is there that we are safe, secure and where our heart finds its resting place. Yet, because he is so adventurous, Jesus invites us not to simply hide under his hand, but hold it as we journey with him on an incredible adventure. As we put our palm into his and as we let him lead us forward, there are privileges, responsibilities and discoveries that are beyond anything that we can currently understand.
Recently, I have been looking at the life of one of God’s greatest leaders – Moses – and seeing what God did as Moses slipped his hand into God’s and walked with him. As I share these hand holding moments, know that the same God who did these things with Moses wants to do them with you.
When Moses held God’s hand he experienced:
• That the ordinary can quickly become the extraordinary. As God was preparing Moses for the journey ahead, he responded to Moses reluctance in numerous ways. One was to demonstrate to him the extraordinary power that was available to him. He did this by challenging him to throw his staff down on the ground, watching it be transformed into a snake, and then be transformed back as he picked it up (Exodus 4:1-5). The point that God is making is that he was able to make the ordinary extraordinary as Moses walked with him.
• That when we open our hand to God, we have incredible authority. We read in Exodus 9 (29, 33) that Moses had authority even over terrible weather and nature itself. We tend to walk around believing that we are powerless, but the reality is that we stand alongside one who created the power that powers power!
• That when we raise our hands with God, we have victory. In the midst of difficult battles, even when it seems like we are losing the war; our God is greater than any other. Therefore, he always wins. As Moses lifted his hand to God, victory was his. As we lift our hands in surrender to the will of God, we win with him (Exodus 17:11). It is also worth noting that if we are to be a part of kingdom victories, then we need to surround ourselves with people who can help lift and hold our hands with us (Exodus 17:12).
• That as we extend our hands we carry the law of love. One of Moses biggest claims to fame was that he got to carry the Ten Commandments – the laws of love – down from the mountain of God (Exodus 34:29). As he carried them, his face glowed and people were drawn to him. As we grasp God’s hand, we also get to carry the law of love. A law that causes us to offer grace, mercy and deep abiding love to people who are far from God. A love that not only transforms our life, but that transforms the lives of humanity as well.
• That our hands were made to bless others. Throughout his life Moses became a man who was quick to bless. Leviticus 9:22 reminds us it brought great joy to Moses and those he served with to offer a blessing to people. He was able to do this because he knew that his hands were blessed by God (Deuteronomy 2:7) and that it was the Lord who made his hands prosper (Deuteronomy 28:7). We are blessed by God to bless others and it gets easier to do when we realize how much God has blessed us!
• That when we rest our hands, we are to use our hands to commission. We have a tendency to believe in our culture that when the time comes for us to rest our hands, it means that we need to retire. Moses offers us a different example. He spent the last season of his life commissioning people for the task that God had called them to. In Numbers 27:22-23 we see his final act was resting his hands upon others, ordaining them, empowering them and sending others out for the purpose that God has upon them. Resting our hands on others means not just bestowing authority, but wisdom, vision, and inspiration as well. Who should you rest your hands upon?
As you journey through life, grab His hand. He will lead you on an incredible adventure.