YOU’VE GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN YOUR HANDS

How many remember the song of justice and peace we sang as children and teens?  The song became a favorite among folk singers in my era and beyond.  I haven’t heard it sung in a long time.  To this generation it is probably deemed to repetitive and boring.  In case you forgot or have never heard of this song of hope, it goes like this,

He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole wide world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

This is also the song that never ends!  Each verse added a new perspective of God’s provision and care, grace and mercy.  Yes, it is a camp song easily sung around a fire. Other added verses would be;

  1. He’s got the little bitty baby in His hands…
  2. He’s got you and me brother in His hands
    He’s got you and me sister in His hands
  3. He’s got everybody here in His hands…
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole wide world in His hands…

This was a song of innocence to a generation of “Jesus” people who didn’t realize at that moment in time all the injustice to people around the world and how deeply it was ingrained in certain areas and cultures.  But we do now.  We call on God and He listens.  He knows.  And He cares.  He’s got the whole world in His hands.  As the Psalmist knows, corrupt judges will be dealt with by the Most High God, the Creator of all, the One and Only who is Judge and has the last say. 

OUR TAKEAWAY

Don’t be one of the corrupt judges who look only to satisfy their own desires!  Let your first thought be Love, not like the world loves, but pure, unconditional Jesus love for all mankind.  “Judge not…” for God has the whole world in His hands.

Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs

Psalm 82, The Message

An Asaph Psalm

82 God calls the judges into his courtroom,
    he puts all the judges in the dock.

2-4 “Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
You’re here to defend the defenseless,
    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”

Ignorant judges! Head-in-the-sand judges!
    They haven’t a clue to what’s going on.
And now everything’s falling apart,
    the world’s coming unglued.

6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,
    deputies of the High God,
But you’ve betrayed your commission
    and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.”

O God, give them their just deserts!
    You’ve got the whole world in your hands!

TRUTH:  God will provide justice for those treated unjustly.  Woe to us who judge people God has created as “less than”.  Woe to us who love only a select few and forget the rest of the world.  Woe to us who think only of ourselves and those we choose to be our friends.  Injustice comes in all colors, ages, political affiliations, religions, cultures and social statuses. 

Make a stand, says Joshua to the people of God, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15 NIV

Proverb 25:6-15, The Message

Don’t work yourself into the spotlight;
    don’t push your way into the place of prominence.
It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor
    than face humiliation by being demoted.

Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be
    a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.

9-10 In the heat of an argument,
    don’t betray confidences;
Word is sure to get around,
    and no one will trust you.

11-12 The right word at the right time
    is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
And a wise friend’s timely reprimand
    is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.

13 Reliable friends who do what they say
    are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!

14 Like billowing clouds that bring no rain
    is the person who talks big but never produces.

15 Patient persistence pierces through indifference;
    gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.

WISDOM:  Gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses. 

Abba Father,

You created us, male and female, to love you back and to love each other.  You created love.  You are the maker of mercy.  You are a great God of grace.  You are the supreme example, dear Jesus, of how to “lay down your life” for another because of this great love of God.  We love, not as the world says to love, but as you have shown us Love.  Help us to love like you love, not expectantly anything in return.  Help us to love so deeply that divisions are impossible.  Help us to love so graciously others will be drawn to You and Your love in us.  Most of all, help us not to assume who is credible enough to love but to just love.  Help us to judge not, just love.  For you have taught us Love never fails.  I’m so glad You’ve got the whole wide world in Your Hands.  Yes, indeed!

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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