“Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;”
When a person holds hands with someone, they hold hands for several reasons. A person holds hands with someone for security. When I was a boy and I was scared, I always grabbed my mother’s hand because I needed the security that I was safe. A person also holds hands because they love someone. I often hold my wife’s hand because I love her and enjoy being with her. There is something about holding hands that makes you feel closer to someone. Likewise, you hold hands with someone for help and comfort. It is not uncommon that someone who needs comfort will grab the hand of another so they can gain the security and comfort they need in their time of need.
Imagine, being able to hold God’s hand. There is no hand that is greater than the hand of God. Holding God’s hand will give you the security you need. Holding God’s hand will certainly give you the comfort you need in the time of trouble. Holding God’s hand will make your relationship with Him greater and deeper. The LORD said to Cyrus in the verse above, “…whose hand I have holden…” Several positive things happened because God held Cyrus’ hand. Those things that God did because He held Cyrus’ hand will happen for you if you allow God to hold your hand.
First, you will become a conqueror when God holds your hand. The verse above says that God held Cyrus’ hand “to subdue.” God will walk you through the battles of life if you allow Him to hold onto your hand. You don’t have to go through battles alone because God is there for you to help you subdue the battles of life.
Second, God will go before you when He holds your hand. In other words, God steps through the door first to take the blow of the enemy for you. God said in verse 2, “I will go before thee…” If you allow the LORD to hold your hand, He will be in front of you to protect you from anything that may try to harm you.
Third, God will break anything that holds you back from serving Him when He holds your hand. God continues to say in verse 2, “…I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:” You will find it much easier to conquer the sins that beset you when you allow God to hold your hand.
Fourth, God will bless you when He holds your hand. Verse 3 says, “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness…” There are innumerable blessings when God holds your hand, but the greatest blessing is that you get to walk by His side. If the only blessing you get when He holds your hand is that you get to enjoy His presence, that alone is the greatest blessing anyone could enjoy.
What is the purpose of God holding your hand? The purpose is so that you can see that He is the omnipotent God. Verse 3 shows that purpose when God says, “…that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” The relationship you will build by letting God hold your hand is worth letting Him hold your hand. The good thing about God holding your hand is that you don’t have to hold onto God, but He will hold onto yours if you simply allow Him to hold your hand through life.