Flower

The Hand of God

By Frederick S. Leahy

The Hand of God is an excellent book on the comfort of having a Sovereign God. Each chapter is packed with encouraging words about how holy and awesome God is, and yet how tenderly and graciously He deals with His children through the death of Christ Jesus on the cross for our sins. I would like to share just a small glimpse of a few of the chapters in this book.

One chapter is about how God provides for His children and how we should not be anxious about our life, about what we will have to eat or wear, because our heavenly Father who takes care of the birds will also take care of us. There is so much we can learn from the birds! As we look up in the sky they sail through the air so trustingly in their heavenly Father. The quote right after this verse says:

“Said the sparrow to the Robin,

I should really like to know

Why these anxious human beings

Rush about and worry so.

Said the Robin to the sparrow

Friend, I think that it must be

That they have no heavenly Father

Such as cares for you and me.”

Another chapter was titled “The Hand that Keeps.” It talks about the hand that keeps us in our sorrow and suffering. Leahy reminds us that there is a loving hand to uphold us in our afflictions. He talks about the fact that if Christ is with us, if His word is in our hearts, and if we are much in prayer, then all is changed. He quotes from Calvin:

“When as we shall feel the griefs, anguishes, and afflictions of this world… let us have recourse unto this word of God: for in it we shall find Him to stretch forth His hand to draw us unto Him, declaring that He will help the afflicted, have pity on the miserable and vexed, aid the wretched, desireth nothing else but to bring back again poor sinners which yield themselves unto Him, lay all their cares in His lap, and He will unburden us of them all.”

Yet another of the wonderful chapters in this book is called “The Hand that Chastens.” Leahy states that one way God in love chastens His children is that He may hide the sense of His presence from us to try our faith. When this happens hope languishes, conscience accuses, and spirits sink. The Christian realizes how precious is Christ to His soul, how sweet is His presence, and how desirable is His favor. The one who has tasted the delights of Christ mourns His absence. What joy there is when the Savior draws near again and precious fellowship with Him is restored. He says that although this is not an ordinary occurrence in the Christian life, God can sometimes use it to draw us closer to Him and embrace us in His tender mercy.

I hope I have given you a small taste of how wonderful this book is—and it was only $8! There is so much more that I could say, but I hope this will encourage you to read this excellent book.

Jessica Hammond