A child stood on the sidewalk in front of a candy store, as if nailed to the ground. Inside was a gargantuan universe of chocolate pastries, and the best and sweetest cookies known to man! The owner of the candy store desperately tried to ignore this penniless little boy with the huge eyes, who was staring at him patiently, not saying a word. After long minutes, the storekeeper grew restless and busied himself, muttering, “I can’t give cookies and candies to just every kid who stops by! This is a business and I have to make a living!”
But a last look at the child proved to be too much. Giving up, the storekeeper motioned to the youngster to come in, and as fast as lightning, the clever boy was inside. The storekeeper removed the lid from the enormous jar filled with the most delectable (and also the most expensive) of all the chocolates. He gestured with his hand, saying “Go ahead, take some.” The boy looked at him with a big smile, but shook his head. The shopkeeper repeated, “Go ahead, I mean it, take want you want! For free!” Again the boy shook his head! The good man then reached into the jar and gave the lad an enormous fistful of delight!
Curious, the shopkeeper asked the boy, “Why didn’t you just take some yourself?” The smart little boy answered triumphantly, “Because your hand is much bigger than mine!”
Dear friend, God’s hand is bigger than ours. His power is sufficient. His mighty omnipotent hand takes our trembling and feeble hand, and supernatural things happen! It is His hand that allows my hand to seize what He has prepared for me.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11, NKJV).
Claude Houde, lead pastor of Eglise Nouvelle Vie (New Life Church) in Montreal, Canada, is a frequent speaker at the Expect Church Leadership Conferences conducted by World Challenge throughout the world. Under his leadership New Life Church has grown from a handful of people to more than 3500 in a part of Canada with few successful Protestant churches.