As I was praying the other day in our auditorium, I looked up on the back wall where we have a painting of the hand of God reaching down and touching the hand of a person reaching up.
As I was looking at this picture, my mind went to a question: Why would God reach down for the hand of mankind?
The first reason is that he loves his creation and desires a relationship with us. In the book of Revelation chapter 3, verse 20, we are told that the Lord is standing at our heart’s door and knocking, wishing to come in and have fellowship with us.
He wants us to become part of his family.
Also, the Lord wants to transform us or change us so that we can become more like him. He starts this process from the time a person opens up his or her life to him.
The verse from 2 Corinthians 3:18 speaks of this when it says, “We are being transformed into his image.”
He has the power to change the vilest sinner and make a new person out of each of us.
The last one that I want to mention is that when God takes ahold of our hand, we form kind of a partnership with him. God is actually working through us to reach a lost world.
The Apostle Paul speaks of this in Ephesians 3:20 when he says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
The truth is, God will never force us to take his hand, but the invitation is open to anyone who will reach up and take ahold of it.