Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Devotionals for the Heart: The Significance of God's Right Hand

The Right Hand of God
A devotional by Tessa Huckstep

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”–Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words ‘the right hand of God’?

The hand of God may elicit different reactions in believers. The first thought that comes to my mind when I hear these words are thoughts of judgment and condemnation. Some believers hold beliefs that the right hand of God is an iron fist that is unyielding and unloving. A disconnect exists between the God of love we read about in the Bible and the image of God we form in our minds.

So what does the right hand of God refer to in the Bible? Often, the right hand of God refers to judgment, especially in the Psalms when David is praying for God to rescue him from his enemies. However, the right hand of God is not always a negative thing as we can infer from Isaiah 41:10. In this verse, the right hand of God is referencing God’s presence, help, and strength–an extremely positive reference.

God’s presence, help, and strength are what can get us through the darkest seasons of our lives. However, sometimes it is difficult to feel God’s presence, help, and strength in our lives which is why I want to express a lovely way of viewing and remembering the right hand of God. In Mark 16:19 (KJV), the verse speaks of Jesus Christ as it states, “he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God”. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is now sitting at the right hand of God. God is holding us up with His right hand. As believers, we are safely positioned between God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.

Consider for just a moment how wonderfully safe you are in your position between God and Jesus Christ. There is no safer place for you to be than to be held by the right hand of God.

You are securely and eternally placed in the right hand of God. Allow this to be your comfort when the storms and darkness of light make you forget your purpose and value. Look on either side of you and know that you are surrounded by your Heavenly Father and your Savior (Jesus Christ) who loves you more than you can ever imagine.

Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for the peace and comfort of Your right hand. Please help us to remember our position in you. In this world, we will be bombarded by pressures and expectations, but help us to focus on You and remember that Your right hand is holding us all the way. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

Song of Reflection: “He Will Hold Me Fast” by Keith & Kristyn Getty. Listen to it here.

Author Bio:

Tessa Huckstep grew up in rural Illinois. She was born to Christian parents and has known Jesus Christ personally since the age of five.

Currently, Tessa is attending community college and majoring in elementary education. In the future, she plans to teach in the public school system, hoping to bring the love of God with her.

Tessa enjoys being active in her local church. She serves as a co-teacher for the two-to-five year old class where there is never a dull moment.

It is Tessa’s passion to be a girl after God’s own heart and through her studying of God’s Word, Tessa longs to draw closer to her Savior. Through her writing, she longs to take others with her on this journey of faith.

Tessa loves all things Regency, needlework, and dainty teacups of every size.

When she isn’t writing or studying for exams, she can be found in the kitchen with more flour in her hair and on the floor than in the bowl, though the mess is always half the fun!

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