Wednesday, February 17, 2016
God's right hand
“fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (RSV)
The scripture above is a promise from God, and promise that He will strengthen us, help us and uphold us with His right hand so that we do not need to be afraid. There are many references in the Bible to the hand or right hand of God. Hand has a very symbolic meaning in scripture, and it does in modern times as well.
The right hand is a symbol of courtesy. Even people who have a dominant left hand will shake hands with their right hand. Extending the right hand of fellowship welcomes people into our churches, into our homes or to a social gathering. Gestures of greeting and celebration are made with our hands, such as waving, and high five.
Our hands are unique to humans. No other mammal has the capability of manual dexterity that humans have. When God is described as having hands, it is not to equate God with humans, but to show the relationship that God has with us. Our hands provide the action for our intentions, and it is the same with God. When Christ is described as seated at the right hand of God, it is because Christ did what God intended, to save us from sin so we can spend eternity with Him.
God’s intentions are always carried out. His promises never fail because His right hand is victorious. Grace is God’s promise to us that He will forgive our sins if we ask Him to do so. All we must do is hold out our hand to receive the gift.