God’s mighty hand
May 8, 2008 by strengthenedbygrace
Peter exhorts us as Christians to pray when we are full of anxiety, fear and worry. He counsels, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV).
We often detach verse 6 from verse 7. But before we can cast our anxiety upon him we have to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Are you aware of God’s mighty hand in the Bible?
“But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.” (Exodus 3:19-20, ESV).” But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”” (Exodus 6:1, ESV).” Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.” (Exodus 13:3, ESV).“And I prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy your people and your heritage, whom you have redeemed through your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” (Deuteronomy 9:26, ESV).“For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.’” (Deuteronomy 9:29, ESV).“And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.” (Deuteronomy 26:8, ESV).“I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and strong arm, in anger and in fury and in great wrath.” (Jeremiah 21:5, ESV).” “As I live, declares the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out I will be king over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.” (Ezekiel 20:33-34, ESV).“and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.” (Luke 1:66, ESV).“to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” (Acts 4:28, ESV).“And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.” (Acts 11:21, ESV).“And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.” (Acts 13:11, ESV).
Considering God’s mighty motivates us to cast our worries on Him. But too often we don’t. “They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds.” (Hosea 7:14, ESV).
God really does care for His own. So, if you are weak and heavy laden. . . or even if life seems to be “good” to you right now, remember that He cares for you, a sheep in his flock.
May you see God’s mighty hand in your life today. I pray . . .
“that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:16-21, ESV).