When God stretches out His hand, things happen.
In the Old Testament, the phrase, “when God stretched out His hand” is used to refer to creation (cf. Job 26:7;30:24), God’s judgment (cf. Exodus 15) or the desire for God’s intervention ( cf. Psalm 143; Romans 10:21).
In the New Testament, its Jesus stretching out his hand to heal. One example (of several) is found in Matthew 12:13: “Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.”
In the same chapter (vv. 46-50), Jesus stretches out His hand again: “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50)
Jesus stretches His hands and guess what? His disciples become His family with ability to do the will of the Father.
Jesus stretches His hands and creates a brand new family. Paul refers to us as God’s new creation (cf. II Corinthians 5:17). The text of scripture makes physical healing and becoming His brother or sister so very easy. So painless and yet, in His mercy and purpose, very seldom does God create a son or daughter without pain and suffering (cf. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)).
Most Christians don’t experience a six day creation but a myriad of changes.
The pages of Scripture are replete with spiritual mutations. If the apostle Paul struggled with becoming a new creation (cf. Romans 7), how about me and you? All of us testify to the small gradual changes punctuated with a few times when “God stretches out His hand” and the problem goes away and we become a new type of Christian.
So, why do I believe in Evolution? I detest the idea of a hostile universe. However, I love the idea of trees and lilies groaning for salvation (cf. Romans 8). If God loves His creation (cf. Matthew 6:26), I don’t worry much about God loving me.
Christians, take at look at your own life or check out the progress a friend after 40 years of Christian struggling and you might embrace the idea of “God stretching out his hand.”