The Open Hand
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
~ Psalm 145:15-16
A game that adults like to play with children is to hide something in one hand, closing your fist around it, and then hold out both hands so the child can guess which hand it is in. Then you open the hand that was picked; the child finds out whether it is full or empty. But God does not play this game with us. He stretches one hand out to us, and we do not have to guess whether it is full or empty; it is full, or we would not even be here in the first place.
It is God’s pleasure, for reasons that we do not completely understand, to give us life and the means to sustain it. In fact, before the fall in the Garden of Eden, He simply supplied it. It was our sin that brought us to a life of labor and loss. And even so, God it is who makes food possible. We might not get manna falling from heaven every night, but who other than God made apples to grow on trees, and eggs to come from chickens, and wheat to grow?
The atheist in his silly pride says, “The effort of my labor and the strength of my body and mind are responsible for what I have.” Who is he kidding? Let him go live on the moon for a few weeks and he will see where his sustenance comes from. Well, make that a few seconds, for the air we take for granted is a gift from God, as well.
Ponder for a few moments how God's hand is open to you, every day, every moment. We have clothing and food, some sort of shelter, and most of us have family and friends, if we want them. But these are secondary, because God’s greatest gift was His own flesh and blood, given to us; and what did we do, but beat him and then hang Him on a cross to die! But God knew when He sent Jesus to us, that we would torture and kill Him; that is how much He loves us, that He would suffer so that we might be forgiven for the sins that we commit. So, the next time a voice in your head whines about something you don't have, remember that God's hand is open, and how much we all have.
Lord, thank you for everything you have given us, and let us live in gratitude. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer