Rise Up, My Love (175): Do You Believe in a Love ’em and Leave ’em Creator?

Praying HandsSong of Solomon 5:14 “His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl…” Moffat translates this passage: “His fingers are golden tapers tipped with topaz pink.” The Hebrew word for “rings” comes from a root meaning “folding” or “pivoting.” His fingers were constantly in motion, holding and enfolding, caressing and cherishing her. Gold speaks of heaven…of strength and firmness of purpose…of perfection in His ability to bring to pass the consummation and fulfillment of God’s heavenly plans in her life. “Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand”(Psalm 89:13).Chicago“He’s got the whole world in his hands,” as the old spiritual goes. The mighty hands of God…so great, so good, so wonderful. Truly, he does hold us in his hand: “For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand” (Psalm 95:7). Not only does he hold us in his hand, but he does indeed hold the whole world in his hand: “In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.” (Psalm 95:4)  Alaskan MountainsGod not only holds us,  He created us: “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands” (Psalm 102:25). “The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land” (Psalm 95:5). “Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together” (Isaiah 48:13). “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments” (Psalm 119:73). The infinite, beautiful hands of God!  Denali in DistanceDo you believe in a higher being? Have you ever been tempted to believe the deistic interpretation of creation… that God is an indifferent Creator who set the world in motion and has since left it to operate strictly by the laws of nature as he instituted them from the inception of creation? Have you ever felt that God has left you and does not see you?Creación_de_Adán_(Miguel_Ángel)Let’s address those nagging fears! Think about yourself, and that may give you a little hint about God’s love. God made us by hand, and that makes us very special to him! Have you ever noticed how sentimental you are about handmade things? It’s hard to throw away a tattered Christmas ornament created by a beloved child, isn’t it? But, we wouldn’t think twice about tossing out a store-bought bulb that’s become discolored or broken. What’s the difference? The handmade object is unique and cannot be replaced. That’s just a small glimpse into the way God feels about us! Each of us is entirely unique…a special creation hand made by God’s own design. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). What a comforting promise! No deistic god is he; God never was nor ever will be a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” Creator.God's Beautiful Creation