The LORD’s Hand


“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?” – Job 12:7-10.

The LORD has created everything on earth and beyond. He inhabits the cosmos. Look at the birds of the air and the beasts of the field and they will teach you something about the Lord’s hand. How He feeds them and takes care of them. Speak to the earth, which yields herbs of many kinds, grass, and plants that yield numerous varieties of flowers which testify to the LORD’s creative genius; where trees, giant and small, hold on to for support and yield their fruit in specified season. The earth can teach us many things. The different kinds of fish and other creatures of the sea have their stories to tell about the hand of the LORD. The life of every living thing and the breath of all human beings are in the LORD’s hands.

Can we ask Him to explain His ways?

“Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?” – Isaiah 45:9b

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? – Romans 9:20-24.

He has made everything beautiful. He created order from chaos and light from darkness (Genesis 1:2-4). He inhabits the cosmos and also dwells with the one who is poor and of a contrite spirit, who trembles at His word.

“However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? Says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest? Has My hand not made all these things?'” – Acts 7:48-50.

Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” – Isaiah 66:1-2.

A time is coming when the Light and Life will return in great power and glory to be glorified in and admired by His people.

“[W]hen He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:10.

Finally, the great restoration will reach its climax when the LORD makes His home among His people.

“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” – Revelation 22:3-5.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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