The traditional American spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” is a song which has provided joy and encouragement to children and adults alike for nearly a century. It finds its roots in the writing of the prophet Isaiah, who penned inspired words of unimaginable comfort for all those who understand them and apply them to their hearts . . .
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The righteous right hand of the Almighty is powerful enough to uphold the entire universe and tender enough to uphold you. Notice that Isaiah specified exactly which hand God is using to uphold all things: His right hand—the hand of strength, blessing, and authority. The 18th century “prince of preachers,” Charles Spurgeon, put it this way:
That hand, which He uses to maintain His holiness and to execute His royal sentences, will be stretched out to hold up His trusting ones. Devils cannot throw down the man whom God upholds.
When I read Isaiah’s verse, I picture God holding me in much the same way as I used to hold my children’s hands when we were crossing the street. Each one of my children would be holding my hand and thinking all the while that they were the one who was doing the holding. But in reality, I was the one holding on to them . . . and I was not about to let go, even for an instant!
The same is true of our God, who is holding us in His mighty right hand. Nothing can break the grip of our God who will never, ever let go of us, no matter what kind of difficulty we face. Not only will God not let go, but we are also told in Scripture that nothing and no one can snatch us out of His hand. As Jesus said,
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.
Omnipotence cannot be overcome! Isaiah tells us not to fear or be dismayed, regardless of the circumstances we are currently facing, because God is for us. And if our God is for us, it doesn’t matter who or what is against us.
- Difficulties in our marriage . . . God is for us!
- Parenting prodigals . . . God is for us!
- Troubles at the office . . . God is for us!
- Loneliness in our singleness . . . God is for us!
- Struggles in our schoolwork . . . God is for us!
Remember, when God makes a promise, He keeps it every time. He has promised to strengthen us and help us get through everything we are facing in life. We shall overcome in His strength, not our own. We are held in His righteous right hand and that holy hand will carry us over every obstacle and never loosen its grip. Nothing can snatch us out of His hand!
To know He’s got the whole world in His hand . . . and you . . . is truly enough to know.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!