The Hand of YHWH ><>

In 1996 I had the opportunity to take my family on a tour of Italy. One of the most fascinating sites was the Sistine Chapel. On the ceiling was painted the Biblical scene entitled: “The Creation of Adam”. {Michelangelo – circa 1511-1512 A.D.}. This scene is one of the most replicated paintings in history.
It depicts the ‘hand’ of GOD reaching down from heaven. The hand of Adam is reaching up towards the ‘hand’ of GOD. The hands are similar symbolizing the fact that humans are made in the “image” of GOD {Genesis 1:26,27}. The hands do not touch. To me this offers a challenging question to mankind. Do we believe in GOD? Do we believe that GOD is ‘reaching’ out to have a relationship with us? And most critically, will we reach up and take hold of the hand of our CREATOR?
My contention and belief is that GOD is our CREATOR, REDEEMER and SUSTAINER. HE emphatically desires for us to seek and develop a personal relationship with HIM. Exodus 33:11 states, “Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” GOD desires us to be intimately connected with HIM. HE desired a relationship with us so much that HE was willing to put HIS life on the cross to make that a possibility.
We can only realize this type of relationship with GOD if we come to HIM through the salvation provided for us by HIS SON – JESUS CHRIST. We can willingly reach up and take hold of the hand of GOD and allow HIM to lead us into life that will invite HIS guidance and blessing. As the Prophet Isaiah writes, “And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden , like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” {Isaiah 58:11}
CHRISTian Counseling Services is an extension of the ‘reaching hand’ depicted in “The Creation of Adam”. We strive to be a place of refuge for anyone who needs encouragement and strength to face the challenges of their lives. Thank you for visiting our website and if we can be of service please call. We prayerfully look forward to hearing from you. Larry ><>

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