What do you think of when you think of “God’s hands?”

The Bible frequently uses the analogy of God’s “hands” to illustrate his connectedness—or engagement—with the human family. Here are some of my favorite examples:

In Psalm 110:1 God says, “Sit at my right hand.”

In Isaiah 49:16 he says, “ I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”

In Isaiah 41:13 he says “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

I also like this one in the book of Nehemiah, where in a powerful prayer, Nehemiah expresses appreciation for the way God cares for his people: “They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand” (Nehemiah 1:10).

“Your strong hand.” When the analogy of God’s hand is used, it is about God at his most engaged and his most powerful. God’s hand is definitive.

Making our way through all the things that happen to us each day, we look for the things that have the greatest meaning—the things that matter. Perhaps the newspapers catch our eye. Or an eclipse. Or something unusual that has happened. Of course, God can be found in all these things—he shows himself to us in many ways—leading us by his own strong hand.

Perhaps the most reassuring analogy of all is this one in Isaiah 48:13, in which God says, ”My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens.” The very best hands to be in.