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    The Hands of God

    Thursday, November 29, 2018


    My dog, Jackman, loves playing tug-of-war. 

    This involves me sitting on the ground where he brings me his "green monster" toy. He then pulls the toy back-and-forth and back-and-forth, trying so hard to get it out of my hands. The funny thing is, once he finally gets the green monster, he quickly puts it back in my hands like "let's do it again!"

    Last night we were playing this game and a spiritual analogy hit me: 

    This is what I do to God

    I bring Him an area of my life - my singleness, my work, my relationships, my desires, my struggles - and place it in His hands only to want to pull and yank it back. 

    I want Him to have control over this area and I want to trust Him, but I really don't want to let go. 

    Back-and-forth. 

    Back-and-forth. 

    However, if God were to really "let go of it,” I would quickly place it back into His hands with the realization that I don't really want it. 

    God isn't interested in playing tug-of-war with you. He wants everything of yours to be placed in His hands in complete trust. 

    In Proverbs 21:1, Solomon writes that “a king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” If a king - a ruler of a nation - should place his heart in the Lord’s hand, how much more should we? The Lord takes our hearts and directs it to flow where He knows best. He has rich goodness in store for us.

    I am also reminded of a passage in the Old Testament where Isaiah is speaking to the Israelites and prophesying about their restoration.  “You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” (Isaiah 62:3 ESV) 

    When Israel is completely surrendered to God, they are pictured like a beautiful crown or jewel in God's hand. God takes that "green monster" and turns it into beauty and grace.

    Whatever your "green monster" is that is so hard to give up, humbly lift it up to the Lord today - and every day - and surrender complete control to Him.

    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

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