I look at my hands. Two appendages – one at the end of each arm. Five fingers on each hand. I am right-handed. Some people are left-handed. I am handy at some things – at other things, I’m not so handy.
What about the hand of God? What has God previously done with His hands? Is He still using His hands today? Scripture will help answer these questions.
I am He; I am the first, and I am the last.
My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,
and My right hand spread out the heavens;
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
God has had His hand in everything since the beginning of time. God used His mighty hands to form things. He formed the mountains and deserts and seas. He also formed you and me.
But it was because the LORD loved you
and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors
that He brought you out with a mighty hand
and redeemed you from the land of slavery,
from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
God extended His helpful hand to Moses as he led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. I can imagine God placing one hand on Moses’ shoulder. With a finger on His other hand, He pointed the direction He wanted Moses to take His people. God’s hand was a hand of leadership that led with love.
Your arm is endowed with power;
Your hand is strong, Your right hand exalted.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
loving devotion and truth go before You.
with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,
His love endures forever.
The Psalms give us wonderful references to the righteous right hand of God. I can envision the Psalmist snapping a couple of spiritual photos that portray the Lord. He might begin with a picture of God’s powerful arm. Then he might zoom in the camera’s life lens to get a closeup of God’s hand.
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them,
He was taken up into heaven
and He sat at the right hand of God.
Exalted to the right hand of God, He (Jesus)
has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit
and has poured out what you now see and hear.
I think more than a handshake took place when Father and Son were reunited in heaven. I can see God the Father wiggling His strong finger to beckon Jesus to Him. Actually, God probably was waving His whole hand and arm when motioning for Jesus to sit beside Him. Now Jesus is seated at His Father’s right hand, a place of honor. Today, He hands us the help of the Holy Spirit.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
God wants to hold our hands. He desires to get very personal. We cannot get away from His hands because He has imprinted us upon His hands. It is hard for me to comprehend how large His hands must be if He has all of us in His hands. At the same time, He holds our hands individually to show each of us our unique path. My hand is small. His hand is huge. Yet, He places my hand in His hand.
This reminds me of the American spiritual He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. God’s hands are strong enough to hold the whole world and yet sensitive enough to hold a little tiny baby.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God’s hands created our hands for a purpose. However, we do not have to accomplish this task alone. In When Heaven Invades Earth, Bill Johnson says, ““Revival is a true move of God’s hand. . . . When God moves in revival power, people look on, not as critics, but as people in great need of God. Being in a place of great need enables a person to detect when God is doing something new.” May we become aware of our need for God’s hand in our lives!
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,
that He may lift you up in due time.
I Peter 5:6
My Reader, do more than read scriptures relating to God’s hand. May you recognize the hand of God at work in you. I encourage you, don’t miss the current move of His hand. Let God’s hand give you a hand.