March 07, 2011

A Right-Handed God

“For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:7-8 (NASB)

I am right handed. Now in light of today’s Scripture, this doesn’t mean I am equating myself with God. Far from it! But the fact remains that I am right handed. It’s the hand I use the most. My dad, on the other hand – pardon the pun, is left-handed. Why? I don’t know. It’s just the way it is and I accept that.

The Bible frequently refers to God’s hands. In several passages it refers to God’s right hand or His mighty right hand. I wonder, is it because His left hand is weaker? Does He even have a left hand? Are His hands so mighty, He only needs His right to guide us? Well, whatever the reason, right or left, I am forever grateful to be upheld in His hand.

I bet you are wondering how all this hand-jive got started? Glad you asked! This morning, I woke up to a daily devotional reading from Sarah Young’s, Jesus Calling. Today’s Scripture and thoughts are from page 70. She writes as if Christ was speaking to you directly and personally. For March 7, she penned these opening lines:

“LET ME HELP YOU through this day. The challenges you face are far too great for you to handle alone.”

Great statement. I need God’s help through the day. The older I get, the more increasingly aware I become of my own human frailty and the fact that I truly cannot do anything on my own. Left to my own devices I mess up every time.

But “far too great challenges” today? Not a chance. Okay, I know it’s Monday but I think I have a handle on today. It’s all simple stuff really. I woke up, I walked and now I write. Next, I’ll spend a few moments with job-related business. Then I’ll prepare myself to jump in the car and travel to the west coast of Florida. Tomorrow, I have the honor of sharing my testimony at a breakfast and then a lunch. Nothing too hard. Right?

Boy that was a close call! I almost let myself get away with thinking this was a day I could handle in my own strength. Sometimes, I think God uses His right hand to give a head-slap, just hard enough to knock the sense back into me! Thank you Father!

Well my sense returned and I started to meditate on what Sarah Young wrote. I re-read Psalm 63:7-8 coupled with James 1:2-3. (Look it up for yourself, it’s good stuff!) Then I had to ask myself to define challenge. Mostly I think of a challenge as an obstacle or problem to be solved. It’s a mountain to move or attempt to move around. It’s something that pops up unexpectedly than causes a wrinkle in my day. Hmm…. Right now I am thinking my definition is too small.

Let me now propose that living through a good day could be as much of a challenge as living through the bad ones. On a good day, I am still presented with choices that could alter the path of my day.

Am I going it on my own? Do I stop to praise God for the day? Do I ask His help in keeping me on task and on time? Am I listening for those moments where I need to stop and look around so a God-moment doesn’t escape my notice? Do I walk through the good day acknowledging the same right-hand holding me up as I do when the day goes sour? The challenge of a good day is letting God work in my life to keep it a good day. Then with the same mind, knowing if the day becomes a truly “bad day,” God is still ready, willing and able – with the same right hand to uphold me through it!

Does this make any sense to anyone? I hope it does. Well, I guess that is all I wanted to share for today, but I leave you with one last thought. Whether you are left-handed, right-handed or tight-handed, God’s hands are the best! Take is from Moses who wrote in Exodus 15:6 (NASB):

"Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.”

Holding hands with God!

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