– Psalm 145:16
When we place our confidence in the hands of God, He is able to do immeasurably more in our lives than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), but handing our lives fully over to God is easier said than done. It is difficult trusting a God, who you have never seen or heard before, to provide you with comfort in your time of mourning, help in your time of need, or certainty in a season of doubt. It is in those times of uncertainty where we should give our burdens to the LORD, for He will take care of us (Psalm 55:22). When we are in His hands, He shapes us, blesses us, and provides for us.
The Potter’s Hand: The Lord instructed Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house to receive a message. This is what he witnessed:
I saw [the potter] working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was [flawed] in his hands; so, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you as this potter does? Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand…” - Jeremiah 18:3-5
Isn’t it comforting knowing that God takes the time to remove our flaws and shapes us as He sees fit? When we give ourselves to God, He eliminates our imperfections and transform the way we think, speak, and act. So, let God shape your life in a way that pleases Him for you are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).
The Savior’s Hand: Now, being in the hands of God does not immune us from difficult times. Oftentimes, it is in God’s hands where we experience some of our most devastating setbacks. At both the Last Supper and on the road to Emmaus, Jesus communed with his followers. He took bread, blessed it, broke it, and began to give it (Luke 24:13). Bishop T.D. Jakes once said that God does the same thing with you and me. He takes us, blesses us, breaks us, and gives us to the world as an example of His goodness, grace, love, and mercy. If you find yourself going through a difficult season in your life, know that God has already blessed you before the breaking.
The Provider’s Hand:
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” ... Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people (five thousand not including women and children). They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
- Matthew 14:13–21
The LORD will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus and will withhold no good thing from those who believe in Him (Psalms 84:11). Even when you find yourself in a remote place, a place where you feel distant from God and unworthy of His love, He will still provide an overflow of blessings for you.