Exodus 15:6, "Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.”
Psalm 89:13, “Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.”
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” (NASB)
“Just leave it in God’s hands.”
How many times have we heard this statement? How many times have we said this? Don’t we wish it were that easy? When we are under pressure, we are driven by the need to do something, demand changes and results. We do everything we can do at a great emotional price, and still nothing changes; then someone says to you, "Leave it in God's hands." This advice seems so simple; however, it may just be the perfect advice. So what does it mean to leave something in God's hands, and what kind of place is God’s hand, anyway?
When the Bible speaks of God's hand it is what we call an "anthropomorphism," the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to God. Although God is not limited like we are in our senses, this language serves a positive purpose of understanding who God is; in this case, He is a God of power and might.
Consider your hands. They are strong enough to crush a can and yet also able to hold a newborn baby. Our hands also serve to feed, provide, protect, and comfort. When the psalmist speaks of God’s hands, we understand that he is recognizing God's power and strength. This is especially the case when he speaks of God’s right hand (which he does 35 times) because the right hand was considered the strongest hand, which held the sword while the left hand held the shield.
Now when you hear someone say, “Leave it in God’s hands” you can rest assured that, in His hands, you will find a strength that is beyond all we can ask or imagine.
In what ways have you seen God’s power working in your life?
In what ways do you need to experience God’s power?
Based on what you have learned about God’s power, what decisions do you need to make?