Hands of God

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalms 34:18 (NLT) 
Remember the life of Joseph? Rejected by his own brothers—falsely accused by his employer; thrown into jail. Forgotten. Eventually redeemed, becomes the number two man in Egypt and runs back into his family. Treats them all well, gives them good jobs and places to live.
Then there is young David—anointed King over Israel by Samuel. Later Saul tried twice to put a spear through him. Finally Saul puts out a hit on David who then runs for his life for about ten years.
So what do these guys have in common? They were treated very badly by close relatives, or fellow ‘believers’, or spiritual fathers. So what? You may say. Well, that’s not all they have in common; they were not only wounded, but they seemed to be able to rise above unforgiveness, bitterness and self-pity and live their lives unencumbered by the past.
How did they do that? What do we do with the wounds we get from others? What about the wounds from relatives? or Christians and sometimes even Christian leaders?
          The thing is neither David nor Joseph ever saw themselves as simply in the hands of people. They were in the Hands of God; and therefore they were not debilitated by the wounds and sins that came from others.
We are never at the mercy of anyone who might hurt us; we are in the hands of God. The remedy for hurt is not to say “Christians, especially leaders, should never sin against us”. The remedy is: “Christians, and sometimes leaders, may sin against you; but you can, like David and Joseph, commit yourselves to being in God’s hands”. He is close to the brokenhearted.
-Pastor Dino Griffin