Isaiah 41: 18-20 AMP

I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the wild olive; I will set the cypress in the desert, the plane [tree] and the pine [tree] together,

That men may see and know and consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

The hand of the Lord is upon me…

This means that the acts of the Lord are clearly evident in our lives. The things we say and do for God can demonstrate that it is the hand of God that leads us in all that is done. (Phillipians 2: 13 AMP “it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”)

In the focus scripture, God declares that:

  • He will open…
  • He will make…
  • He will plant… and
  • He will set….

Simply put, God is saying that He will do EVERYTHING. In other words, what we do is not done of ourselves, it is ALL done through the Spirit (the hand of God).  Hence, we need to continually surrender ourselves and be mindful that God is in control or we will start taking on the responsibilities on ourselves and become burdened, distressed, and depressed.

But what happens when it seems as if all hell is breaking loose in our personal lives?

Is the hand of God still in our lives when we see His promises going unfulfilled or going in the wrong direction?

1 Thessalonians 5: 18 KJV “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Remember that God declares, in His Word, that:

  • He will open…
  • He will make…
  • He will plant… and
  • He will set….

♠ To open a bottle, one has to twist and turn the cork, breaking the seal, and pull off the cap.

♠ To make a vessel (container), one will have to smash, nail, glue, mould, and/ tape the materials together.

♠ To plant a seed, a fork will have to be used to dig up the earth, create a hole, remove stones or materials that cannot disintegrate (like plastic).

♠ To set, one will have to ensure that the surface is levelled and the bottom of the object being place on the surface is flat.  At times, this will require some digging down of the surface or “sanding” of the bottom of the vessel.

In all of these difficult and seemingly ‘bad’ processes, God’s hand IS still evident.

Is the hand of God still in our lives when we see His promises going unfulfilled or going in the wrong direction?

Yes, His hand is at work removing unnecessary things/persons from our lives or building in us the characteristics He knows we will need to fully optimise His promises.

The hand of God is upon me to work through me to bless, empower, and tell of His salvation.

The hand of the Lord is upon me to also to pull up, tear down, transform, and painfully renew me to become better equipped to fulfil His will.

By: Krystelle Scott

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