“You make known to me the path of life;Psalm 16.11
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
The scripture speaks frequently about the hand of God–in particular, it speaks of the “right hand of God.” This phrase and those similar to it are used in both the Old and New Testaments. What does it mean? What does it symbolize?
As I started collecting verses within this theme, there were some consistent usages including: Power, judgment, authority, guidance, protection, and support. In the New Testament, many of these phrases refer to the authority given to Christ, who is “seated at the right hand of God.” Although we know that God has the power to simply speak things into existence, it is striking that He employs this symbol for us as way for us to relate to His work.
While there are several symbolic meanings connected with the right hand of God, I chose to narrow it to four main categories for this scripture writing plan.
At God’s Right Hand…
…there is Power: He created the universe and all that is in it by His power. He defeated armies, led and fed over 2 million people through a wilderness, and raised Christ from the dead.
…there is Salvation: Although you and I were condemned to death, He has the power to save us.
…there is Support & Guidance: When we cling to God’s hand, we are given protection and guidance. Some people might argue, “I have suffered greatly in this life! God has never protected me!” Just remember that God’s primary interest is in the development of your heart, mind, soul, and spirit. We know from scripture that suffering is a definite refiner. He doesn’t always protect us from suffering in this life, but He does guard our hearts, minds, and souls. God has protected my soul in ways I will probably never know or understand. Furthermore, if we look to Him for direction, He will lead us, but we must be willing to follow His guidance.
…there is Authority: When Jesus was resurrected, He was exalted to a position of great authority. Even now, He is reigning His kingdom (the church).
There is so much joy and blessing at God’s right hand. I hope you will join us this month as we write through these scriptures and consider how powerful and loving God is.
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