Is It Really Smart to Tie God’s Hands?

         When people say, “My hands are tied,” they are usually talking to you about some reason why they can’t help you. More often than not, that reason stems from something you did or didn’t do. For example, my students come to me at the end of the year wanting to better their grade in my class. By that time, I have to tell them that my hands are tied. I can’t help them because they didn’t help themselves by studying as they should have studied over the course of the whole class. Or perhaps someone sought to take out a loan for that great house and the banker says, “I’m sorry, my hands are tied because you have just too much credit card debt.” The hopeful borrower simple spent too much money on little things and now that big thing she really wants is out of reach.

            Yes, in both examples above, the person in need tied the hands of the person who could have helped. If only they could go back, retrace their steps, and rethink their decisions, the outcome now would be far different and definitely to their advantage. But alas, the student must settle for the lower grade, and the borrower must stay in that apartment a bit longer.

            We put ourselves in the same kinds of situations with God by not listening to His voice. Psalm 81:11-12 says, “But My people would not heed My voice, andIsraelwould have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels” (NKJ). This sounds a lot like Romans 1:18-28 which reads in part:

  •  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men…    since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them… For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him… they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…, to shameful lusts… [and] to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. (NIV)

          So my question stands: is it really smart to tie God’s hands? By not listening to God, by not heeding His voice, we open ourselves up to God simply taking His hands off of us. He cannot bless our mess, and if we simply decide to live in it, He’ll let us. He’ll cry over us and shake His head as He watches us drown in our waywardness, but He’ll allow what we insist upon.

         No, it’s not smart to tie God’s hands. Listen, heed, and let God bless you.


©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on July 15, 2012.

2 Responses to “Is It Really Smart to Tie God’s Hands?”

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