Is God right-handed?

By , November 3, 2011

“…even there your hand will guide me
your right hand will hold me fast.”
Psalm 139:10 (NIV)

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble CollaborationWhen my children were preschoolers I taught them the Children’s Catechism. One question was, “What is God?”. The answer they memorized was, “God is a spirit and has not a body like men.” Indeed, God is a spirit. We know that when God the Son came to earth He came as a child and grew into a Man. He lived, died and rose again for the sins of His people. So at a point in time God became a man.

But when the Psalmist wrote about God he used anthropomorphic terms. That is, he described God in human terms to help us understand His work for us. The writer of our verse today made the natural assumption that most people are right-handed and so spoke of God in these terms. He tells us that God holds His people by His right hand. The right hand is the one most people use for getting the best grip on something because they are right handed.

God therefore uses His best grip to hold on to the people of His choice. This is the message of our verse. All the power of God is used for the protection and defence of His children. There is no position of greater safety for us that to be in the right hand of God.

There are many comforting references to the hand of God in Scripture. One of the most remarkable is in Psalm 31:5 where the writer says, “Into your hand I commit my spirit.” Jewish mothers of Jesus’ time taught their children to use this as a night time prayer. It is almost certain that our Lord first heard this expression when His mother Mary taught Him to pray it as a small child.

I have taught dying people to pray these words each time they go to sleep. These were the last words of our Lord just before He dismissed His spirit on the cross and died. It is such a beautiful thought to be in the hand of God. Where in the universe could we find greater safety and security than in the hand of our Creator?

Jesus spoke comforting words to the disciples one day when He said about them, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:28-29 (NIV).

When we try to calculate the power of the stars in the universe it is mind boggling. The energy they produce is beyond computation. Mathematicians cannot find numbers large enough to express the magnitude of the star’s energy. It is interesting to consider that the Creator must be greater than His creation. We need to recognize that the immeasurable power of the universe is nothing compared to God.

What can possibly hurt or destroy the person who is in the hand of God? Where are you right now? Can you say that God holds you in His right hand? Do you have assurance He will protect you forever? If you are unsure then hear His invitation to come to Him and He will protect you today and forever.

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