Daily Devotional – 1/24/12 “His hands are bigger!”

During worship service on Sunday, Uncle Larry told this story. He said, 3 little boys had earned $.05 for chores and they all went running to the store to get jelly beans. The first boy went in, paid and stuck his hand in the jar and came out excited about the number of jellybeans he was able to hold in his hand. The second boy went in, paid and stuck his hand in the jar and came out excited about the number of jellybeans he was able to hold in his hand. Then the last boy went in and he paid his money but wouldn’t put his hand in the jar. The owner asked if anything was wrong and the boy said no but he asked the man if he could put his hand in the jar and get the jellybeans for him. The man did and handed the little boy his jellybeans. When he got outside, the other 2 boys wanted to know how he was able to have 2 handfuls of jellybeans, when their hands would only grab enough for one and he answered, the man got mine because his hands were bigger!

See, when you are going through things, in the world, you put your problems in the hands of folk who aren’t capable of holding them instead of putting them in God’s hands. You’re nervously waiting to hear back about a job, put it in God’s hands. You’re going to court and the decision is in the hands of the judge or the jury but put it in God’s hands. Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” You’re worried because you don’t have a job, but God said put it in my hands and let me handle it. You’re stressing because you’re working and it still seems like you don’t have enough money to provide but God is saying put it in my hands and let me fix it. You’re grieving over family members who have died, but God says hold my hand and I’ll give you comfort. Why are you crying when God’s hands can wipe your tears? Why are you worried because folks have pushed you down when God’s hands can reach way down and pick you up? Why are you pacing the floor stressing, when God’s hands can rock you to sleep? Why are you still trying to fix a problem that you seem to be making worse, put it in God’s hands. I know you’ve done some wrong, but God says put your troubles in my hands and I’ll cast them into the sea of forgetfulness and they will never be brought up again. Psalm 37:24 says “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

When you’re in the world, folks tend to hang your past of mistakes over your head but with God, the past doesn’t matter. When you open the door and accept God in, you’re covered by the hands of the almighty and he won’t let anything take you out. In the world you had to fight but with God his word says in Romans 12:19, “Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord.” In the world, folk made you angry enough to cry but with God all you have to do is remember that Psalm 30:5 says “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” In the world you wish for this and that but with God he says have faith because Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” In the world you have to sometime stumble in the darkness, but with God you’ll say, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105).” In the world you say I am blinded by the attacks of my enemies but with God, you’ll gladly proclaim, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see (John 9:25)!” In the world, your enemies dig pits to push you in but with God he says in Psalm 7:15 “He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.” With God, his protection is everlasting and it’s all you need. God’s hands are bigger than mine so I’ll let him carry my burdens. God’s hands are bigger than mine so I’ll let him handle my enemies. God’s hands are bigger than mine so I’ll let him protect me during my storm. When all else fails, God never does! Trust in God’s hands because he’ll cover and protect you better than Allstate!

Psalm 91: 1-16 sums it all up for me!

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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