Exodus 8: 1- 19, 2 Chronicles 33: 1- 23, Daniel 5: 1- 30
His able hands here refer to God’s powerful hands. Hands that create and recreate, hands that mould, deliver, save, anoint and heal; hands that are highly endowed to contain, sustain, strengthen and uphold. They are hands of love, affection, succour, protection, comfort, perfection, victory, miracles and of righteousness.
God’s arms, hands and fingers are capable of performing all the functions listed above. Let us consider how God’s able hands affected some personalities in the scriptures. Our lord Jesus Christ knows what His father’s hands are capable of doing hence in Luke 23:46 “Jesus called out with a loud voice, father into your hands I commit my spirit and having said this, he gave up the ghost”. No wonder God raised Him up from the dead to come and be the saviour and redeemer. Jesus knew everything ended in His father’s able hands, hence He said we should all be aware that our body, soul and spirit are in the Lord’s hands. Act 17:28a
David called upon God to deliver him when he was going through perilous experiences. He committed everything into God’s able hands. David had complete trust in God; he knew the character of God that His hands are hands of succour, protection and power. Hence in Psalm 31:5 David said, “Into your hands I commit my spirit, redeem me, o Lord, the God of truth”. He wanted God to free him from the trap that was set for him and to deliver him into His righteousness.When traps are set for you, just commit yourself into His hands. He will surely deliver you. Remember, He is able, abundantly able, to deliver and to save those who trust in Him.
When the Israelites became fearful, unsafe and appeared troubled, God reassured them in Isa 41:10 “So 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”. God assured them of safety, protection, help and strength against all oppressions. Is anybody oppressing you? God will uphold you with His righteous hands against any oppression.
In 2 Chronicles 33: 1- 23, King Sennacherib of Assyria came to invade Judah and laid siege on Judah thinking he would conquer. Hezekiah reassured the people of Judah and Jerusalem that they need not be afraid of the king of Assyria because the king of Assyria depended on the arm of flesh but the they put thier trust in the Lord, that is the arm of God is with them and it is arm that can deliver, fight battles and win. With this statement, the people of Judah and Jerusalem gained confidence. Hezekiah said in 2 Chronicles 32: 8 “With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles”. 2 Chronicles 32:21 says “And the Lord sent an angel who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So King Sennacherib withdrew to his own land in disgrace”. King Sennacherib depended so much on his hands and suffered disgrace but Hezekiah depended on God’s able hands and won the battle and was not put to shame according to Psalm 20:7. Our God is a mighty warrior and winner all the time. Is there any battle for you or any invader? The Lord that sent out the invaders in Hezekiah’s land will do same for you in Jesus name. No one can hold back the arms of God.
The hands of Aaron and Moses virtually became the hands of God becasuse each time the Lord commanded them to stretch out their hands, miracles happened (Exodus 8:1-19). Even Pharaoh’s magicians confessed it was the finger of God working on Aaron and Moses. When Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals of Egypt. But pharaoh’s magicians were not able to perform same. Exodus 8:19 says “The magicians said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God”. When the Lord is on your side, He would empower your hands or fingers or arms for miracles.
Also the finger of God could sometimes be a sign of warning as it was for King Belshazzar as it was recorded in Daniel 5:1-30. While King Belshazzar with others were feasting with the golden and silver vessels that were brought from the temple of God in Jerusalem and praising the gods of gold, silver, brass, Iron, wood and stone. The finger of God appeared to warn him with the inscription of “MENE, MENE, TEKELI, UPHARSIN” as in Daniel 5: 25
The meaning of these words are:
· God hath numbered thy Kingdom and finished it.
· Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting
· Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians
In that same night Belshazzar the King was slain. You may be warned in this same manner, do not discountenance it. It is for you to seek redress. Another lesson to learn here is that you should not worship idols. No other god is to be worshipped except the Almighty God.
Exodus 20:23 says “Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold” but king Belshazzar did not hearken to this and he saw the finger of God. When God puts his fingers or hands on you or your instrument, you are no more ordinary. God’s hands are capable of wiping away our tears and sorrow. His hands and fingers are for comfort as in Rev 2:14.
Are you in sorrow? He will surely wipe away your tears in Jesus name. As God’s able hands and fingers are for creating, protection and for upholding you, they are also for warning.
Father in heaven, let your able hands uphold me throughout my life time. And when they are for warning, grant me the grace to heed and change for better in Jesus name I pray. Amen