Our right hand
“This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.”
Acts 2:32-33 (NKJV)
‘Oh no he is left-handed!’ In the middle of the 20th century to be left-handed carried a stigma. It was considered a defect and efforts were made to force the primary use of the right hand. Thankfully to be left-handed today is accepted as perfectly normal – indeed 10% of the population are thought to be left-handed. 1
Recently I fractured my left wrist. Fortunately for me, I am right-handed, which means I could almost cope with daily life. The experience has made me think about what God says about His right hand.
In ancient times, a person with a high, or the highest, rank stood to the king’s right side. Even today, a person may be called someone’s ‘right hand man’. An example of this can be found in Genesis 48:13-14 where Jacob blessed the child who would receive a greater blessing with his right hand. The right hand of God likewise conveys this concept, with Jesus on the right hand, acknowledging both authority and closeness to Him.
Whether we are left, or right-handed God extends His hand to uphold us and sustain us. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) states, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
From the right hand of God, Jesus intercedes for us, loves us and is there waiting to hear from us at any time. Psalm 17:7 (NIV) tells us, ‘Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.’
Wonderful loving God, thank you that Jesus reigns at your right hand and yet is so accessible to us at all times. Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, and also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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