Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know? Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Proverbs 30:4-5)
He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
The doctrine of God is the understanding that all things that exist are formed by the power of the hand of the Lord. It is fundamental for every man to acknowledge the belief in one Creator and one Lord. There is none like Him. The greatest feat of man’s wisdom pales in comparison to the One who placed each star on a blanket of darkness and suspended the sun in an exact position to warm the earth. Creation resounds with the doctrine of a majestic creator who allows the waves to advance only so far, the winds to circle the earth forming weather patterns needed for life, blood coursing through endless avenues of arteries necessary for the life of man and myriads of singular factors ordained in a creative pattern. Who is a God like Him?
He has the whole world in His hands. The children’s song is a fun reminder of what the Lord has done for man. He’s got the wind and the rain in His hands and He’s got the little bitty babies in His hands. Children need to learn that God is the Creator. Understanding the world is held in His hands will help them appreciate how great He is. Those are some big hands. The hands of God are not so big to protect them, to guide them. Children need to trust in the hands of the Lord. They will learn this from two sources: the world and the Bible.
Living in an electronic world does a disservice to children who never take the time to “smell the roses.” Spending time in the creation of the world shows children how beautiful the world has been created and the infinite power of God’s creation. James Dobson tells the story of one morning his father awakening him long before sunrise. They drive for some distance before getting out and sitting down in a field. His dad tells him, “Now watch what happens.” Soon the early sun begins to peek over the horizon and shortly the sky fills with the majesty of God’s creative hand in the early morning dew. It left an impression. Parents need to take their children out in the world of God and show them who He is. That is a vital doctrine for their hearts.
Second, children must know the Bible. Education is important but spiritual doctrine is an eternal necessity. Parents must teach their children the grand stories of scripture, showing them the majesty of a loving God, lifting up the image of Jesus Christ in their hearts. When they see the Lord in creation, they will understand better the God of scripture. Children who grow up knowing that He’s got the whole world in His hands will have some powerful arms to guide them through life. And it goes without saying that parents need to sing this same song. We all need to spend time in creation quietly meditating on His canvas of creative glory. The Bible must be our constant companion. Faith still comes from hearing the word of God. This faith will also come by looking up at the stars and filling the mind with the world He has left as His thumbprint of glory. He’s got the whole world in hands. Sing that today.
The spiritual interest in the doctrine of creation lies solely in the assertion of the dependence of all existence upon the will of God. (William Temple, Nature, Man and God, 1934)