Steve Watts - Hand of God - OR 2005

Subject: Hand of God
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:19:02 -0800

Steve Watts Hand of God Klamath Falls, OR 2005 (not Verbatim)

I have been thinking about the Hand of God. Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth the fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Belshazzar saw the hand of a man writing. v-23-24 Daniel made it clear it was the hand of God. Too often we just see man's hand working, when in effect it is God's hand working behind the scene.

Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the Hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will. Jesus said to Pilate, Thou couldest have no power at all against me except it were given thee from above. There is nothing or no one on this earth that is not in the Lord's hand. The tectonic plates underneath the earth's surface are in the Lord's hand. We want to be aware of God's hand in our own lives whether in success or distress. Duet 8:17 18 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord, thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. It is dangerous to say my hand did this. Spiritual maturity is to not get big headed in prosperity. Thankfulness to the Lord for His goodness is a sign of maturity. Daniel went three times every day to ask for guidance & offer thanks to the Lord. Many times in the books of Ezra & Nehemiah we read the phrase The good hand of the Lord was upon us.

Judges 2:14 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He delivered then into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies, so that could not any longer stand before their enemies. Vs 15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. When we are unwilling for the Lord to direct our lives, then He has no other option but to sell us into the hand of the enemy. It says the hand of the Lord was against them for evil. (Evil is eternal value is lacking.) They didn't realize that when they left the Lord out of their lives, that He was allowing them to suffer distress so that they would return to Him.

Ruth 1:13 Naomi, speaking to her daughters-in law: it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me. She recognized her problem. We don't know how much say she had in her leaving the land of Canaan with her husband and her two sons, but after burying first her husband, and then both of her sons in Moab, outside the kingdom of God, she knew the Hand of the Lord had been against her but she was willing to let the hand of the Lord bring her back to His kingdom.

I remember one time not so long ago, that I was in a place and situation not very much to my liking, and I was somewhat distressed. After I got to thinking about it, I realized the Lord had put me here, perhaps because there was something that he wanted me to learn and my whole attitude changed about it. Sometimes we need to realize, when things aren't going just like we think they should, the Lord is moving behind the scenes to teach us a lesson, or work something into our lives. When Jesus was going through that mock trial, by the high priests, and Pilate, being sold by Judas & denied by Peter, He wasn't upset with any of them or those who put him on the cross, because He knew that it was the plan of God.

I Samuel 24:10 When David was fleeing from Saul, David said to Saul the Lord hath delivered thee today into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against the Lord's anointed. The Lord gave Saul into the hand of David, but David just put him back into the Lord's hand. David was willing just to trust the Lord's hand to take care of Saul. Wonderful to not try to take things into our own hands when someone has wronged us, but to leave it in the Lord's hand. II Samuel 16:10 When David was fleeing from Absalom and Shimei came out to curse and throw stones at David, Abishai wanted to take off Shimei's head, but David said so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him curse David. Again David didn't take things into his own hands. II Samuel 24:14 David had sinned in numbering the people, against the Lord's wishes, & the Lord gave David three choices for his punishment and David said: I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for His mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man. It's no wonder that the Lord said of David that he was a man after my own heart. It's wonderful to just realize whatever our situation or what experience we are passing through, to just trust the hand of the Lord.