|THE OUTSTRETCHED ARM OF THE LORD
There have been several times throughout scripture where folks just refused to believe the word of God. There was Sarah, the matriarch of our faith and wife to Abraham, who laughed at the promise from God that she would bear a son. (Genesis 18) There was Zechariah the priest, and father of John the Baptist, who refused to believe the word of God concerning his wife bearing them a son. Zechariah was so set in his unbelief that Gabriel shut up his mouth, and he was unable to speak until after John was born! (Luke 1)
There are consequences to not heeding the voice of God or not believing His word! Jesus tells us that we aren’t to live onphysical food alone, but on ‘every word that proceeds out from the mouth of God.’ We better know the written word of God, and we better know how to hear His voice! He is faithful to His word, and when He acts on it we see the outstretched arm of the Lord. In Michelangelo’s famous rendering of the Biblical narrative on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, God Almighty is depicted with an outstretched arm, reaching for His creation. The Lord’s arm has not been shortened!
Jeremiah 32:17, 21
‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. . . . You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror.
Nothing is too hard for the Lord. He is more than able to act on our behalf. But many times, we wonder whether He is willing or not. We’re not alone. A leper in the book of Matthew had that very same dilemma.
“A leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
– Matthew 8:2-3 (NKJV)
Did you see that, friends? Jesus stretched out His hand in response to the leper. You and I can trust in the Lord, and trust that He is able and willing to act on His word on our behalf. Yes, when you can’t see the hand of the Lord, trust His heart. But know that His arm is not shortened and He will reach out for you.