The Bible tells us that he formed man, whereas he only
spoke and other parts of his creation came into
existence (Genesis 2:7). Could that be because he
intended a unique and intimate relationship with
Not only did God form man out of the dust, he has
reached out over the centuries with more than words.
Consider His expressions through the person of Jesus.
He touched the leper (Matthew 8:3). He touched
someone with a fever (Matthew 8:15). Jesus did not
need to touch them in order to heal them, thus risking
transmission of disease to his human body.
Jesus also touched the blind eyes (Matthew 9:29) and
the deaf ears (Mark 7:33) with those caring hands.
These are all examples of God's love reaching out to
God's "hands" are strong, but also gentle. They show
the unmatched love that we all need.
This has always been God's way toward us. He reaches
out with love and invites us into relationship. Jesus
used his hand to write in the sand out of a heart of
mercy when confronted by the accusers of the
adulterous woman (John 8:6). His hands also formed a
whip to drive out those who interfered with God's desire
to commune with people (John 2:13-17). On the cross,
Jesus' hands opened wide in love to the nails that were
driven through them.
Another beautiful picture of his hands portrays him
washing the feet of his disciples (John 13:5). Imagine.
When Kings and Queens, Popes, and other important
people are approached, their hands are kissed in
honour. Jesus, the King of Kings, chose instead to
humble himself and wipe the dusty, dirty feet of his
friends. Those hands expressed the love of God.
Is there any doubt about God's loving touch? If so, let's
look at what God himself says: "Thus says God the
Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives
breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in
it, I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I
will also hold you by the hand and watch over you."
(Isaiah 42:6) This message to the stubborn and
rebellious Israelites shows that God is not in the habit
of crushing people, but restoring and building.
So much more could be said about how God touches, but
we do well to remember the words of Jesus in John 10.
He tells us, "my sheep hear my voice and I know them
and they follow me and I give eternal life to them and
they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out
of my hand" (John 10:27, 28)
No matter what comes along, God is reaching out to
touch us, to heal us, to save us, and to protect us.
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