Our great God is indescribable. He is eternal, invisible, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere at all times. He is so unbelievably big and awesome and holy and glorious that He is truly indescribable.
To help us understand our indescribable God, the Bible uses terms that we can understand. The technical term for this is anthropomorphism, which is ascribing human characteristics to something that is not a person; in terms of our understanding of who God is and what He does, it is using human terminology to help us describe our indescribable God.
God has a righteous right hand. That is important for us to know and understand.
8 But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, My friend— 9 I brought you from the ends of the earth and called you from its farthest corners. I said to you: You are My servant; I have chosen you and not rejected you. 10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:8-10)
God’s hand is righteous (v10). He always does what is right. He always points you in the right direction. He always does what is best for you, even if you don’t always realize it at the time.
God’s hand reaches far (v9). There is nowhere that you can go that God can not reach you. He can find you at the top of the mountains, at the depths of the oceans or anywhere in between. He can reach you in outer space (all the astronauts are grateful for this!). When you hit rock bottom in your life or are at the top of your game, the Lord can reach you. His hand reaches far.
God’s hand brings you near (v9). The purpose in His reach is to bring you close. He has not rejected you. He wants to connect with you spiritually, relationally, eternally. The God of the universe cares about you. He really cares about you.
God’s hand is strong (v10). With His hand, He strengthens you and helps you. He holds onto you with His righteous right hand.
THE IMPACT OF GOD’S HAND ON YOUR LIFE
Realize who you are. According to Isaiah chapter 41, verses 8-9…
* you are chosen by God — He picked you on His team!
* you are a servant of the King — what an honor!
* you are a friend of God — wow! God calls you His friend!
[Note: See Jesus’ words in John 15:9-17 to read more about being chosen by God, a servant of the King, a friend of God, showing love to others and bearing spiritual fruit.]
Do not be afraid (v10). In every stage of life, there are circumstances that tempt you to be afraid. But if you know who you are (chosen by God, a friend of God, a servant of the King), then you will know that you do not have to be afraid. Trust in God’s righteous right hand. Do not be afraid.
Live in victory (v10). God’s far-reaching, close-bringing, strong, righteous hand will guide you and give you victory over every enemy you face: enemies such as guilt, fear, impurity, oppression and temptations of every kind. He will also empower you to do the good work that He leads you to do, things that help others. He will strengthen you, help you, and hold on to you. Don’t live a defeated life. Depend on God and live in victory, every moment of every day.