The children’s hymn writer tells us “He’s got the whole world in his hands”, but sometimes we find ourselves questioning this simple truth. As we look around the world, taking in the enormity all of the millions of people living their lives multiplying detail upon detail, we may well wonder if God really sees us? Does He really hold us in His hand?
At a recent Christian conference I was giving a lecture on Christian apologetics focusing particularly on the question of whether belief in God is a psychological crutch. There was a large crowd in attendance (between 1500-2000 people) and, after the question time, I was overwhelmed by people wanting to talk further. About fifteen had committed their lives to Christ, but many more wanted that personal interaction and a terribly British and enormous queue was developing.
Out of that crowd, one conversation stands out: a girl had made a commitment to Christ at an event I had spoken at a whole year before and she had been following Christ and growing as a Christian in the previous year. She had wanted to let me know that the previous month she had met my cousin at a party and had shared the gospel with him and had even given him a copy of my book. This cousin, whom I had prayed for, but had not really been able to talk to about Christ very easily, had been impacted by that encounter. He and his friends had been keen to read the book and see whether Christianity really stacks up or not.
The Lord knows the details of our lives. He has been at work in his world and in our friends’ lives long before we thought of reaching them with His love. He has the whole world in His hands. But we are left with a question: will we play our part in being His hands and feet in those simple daily conversations and encounters we find ourselves in at home, in the workplace and with our friends?
As I sing the song “He’s got the whole world in his hands” with my children, it helps me to remember that this is not a general or distant truth. The God of the Bible is a personal Trinitarian God who interacts with people in a meaningful way. He knows the details of our lives, responds to our prayers and helps us fulfill our calling in this life. “God our Saviour… wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4)