“… the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised” (2 Chronicles 6:4).

There are people afraid to put their spirit and life in the hands of God. Some are scared because they’re not sure what God might have them do or what He might ask them to give up. Others won’t put their hands in the life of God because they are not ready to take their hands off steering wheel. They want to be in charge of the direction of their life. Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.” God wants to be a benefit in your life. Notice how Jesus handed over His Spirit. In His hands is life, outside of His hands is the natural world of selfishness and death. We can remain spiritually dead having no pulse in our relationship with God. There is only one way to be resurrected from a spiritually dead spirit–if Jesus makes you alive. This is a free gift—grace has saved you, not anything we can earn—it is the work Christ did on the cross that releases the supernatural forgiveness and life. The Holy Spirit changes us on the inside: we care for others, behave with love towards others, live to be a blessing. As you read His Word, His Spirit will prompt you to respond to the word and as you follow the nudges, you get transformed. God is holding out His hand inviting us to put our hands in His. But instead of trusting Him we continue to pursue our own desires. An elder and I were discussing the new building campaign and talking about what we wanted to give. We both admitted we were afraid to give what was on our hearts. Then I reflected out loud, we want God to bless our children, heal our bodies, fix our marriages, enrich our finances, empower of careers, bring us daily joy, and give our personal lives meaning…we want all of this from Him, but are not willing to stretch and make a sacrifice for Him. Not to mention my prayer is going to be “God enable me to give this much to You!” Oh, what God is willing to do for a people that will put their lives in His hands! Are YOU willing?

Adapted from “You’re in Good Hands” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis