Does The Will of God Prosper In Your Hand?
"...the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:10)
God does not hand us a loaded pistol as children. The saying has become trite that God doesn't give us more than we can handle, but it's true. He won't give us so much responsibility that it crushes us into the dirt.
Because Jesus did that already. The weight of our sins on His shoulders crushed him in accordance with His Father's will. That's a heavy aspect of the Gospel that is hard to stomach as a dad. But it happened and there is no way to react but thankfully.
In Isaiah, we see tons of clear foreshadowing about Jesus. Scripture is so rich that way, with tons of prophecies fulfilled clearly and artistically. Anyway, the verse above is referring to Jesus - that the will of the Lord prospered in His hand. Now the context of this verse is alluding to Jesus' crucifixion, so one can gather that the will of the Lord prospered in Jesus' nail-pierced bloody hands.
I don't know how much free will we have, but I know we have some. Maybe a whole lot. But who really cares? We don't know how much God directly controls and how much He lets happen. He is sovereign and we are here on the ground in another day. But this idea - the will of God prospering in our hands - is worth exploring.
First, sometimes we won't see the will of God prospering in our hands. God weaves intricate stories into His grand story and so we are just subplots, though important ones. But sometimes we'll feel that tingle - that dance and we will realize God was moving through us very directly for a time.
Second, we should seek this out. God will carry out His will with us or without us. We can't thwart what He is going to accomplish, our little frail body standing in front of a tank. But we can seek to play a part. The Bible tells us that the part we play is marked with love, so we can start there.
Third (and finally), it might get messy. For the will of God to prosper in our hands, we might first feel nails push in between our hand bones as the warm blood begins to run. Sure, God might well use a new business venture or a pastel painting in your hands as a means to accomplish His will, but He might also lovingly use suffering as a paintbrush on your own life. We must be willing either way.
Our God created out of love. He did not need to make the world, but He did so out of the loving creativity of His eternal heart. We can trust Him and know that when we close our eyes, put our heads to our breast and sheepishly open our hands - it'll go like it should.