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1 Peter 5:1-14 God’s Mighty Hand

on November 5, 2013

Before I write about God’s mighty hand, I wanted to share a truth from verse 1 that is amazing to think about.

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and A WITNESS OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed.  Peter saw first-hand the sufferings of Jesus! Think about that–this letter that we are reading nearly 2,000 years after the fact was penned by someone who walked with Christ, saw His powerful miracles, heard His impacting truths, watched Him suffer and die, ran to the empty tomb and saw the resurrected Lord.  Peter received forgiveness, a new name and a new purpose from the very mouth of Jesus!  Peter is a credible witness!  He knows something of being humble before the Lord, being humbled by the Lord, and thanks to his failures can teach us a thing or two about resisting temptation, about God’s abounding grace and the restoration, comfort, and strength found in the mighty hands of God.

Think about that and read this last chapter of 1 Peter.

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….And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.  To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-7,10-11.

Yesterday at church, it seemed like every song we sang said something about the hands of God.  “It’s your hand that holds my life…” “My whole life I place in Your hands…” “Into Your hand, I commit again, with all I am, for You Lord. You hold the world in the palm of Your hands and I am Yours forever.”

I started thinking about how big the hands of God are, and how capable of holding everything.  Yet, there are so many things I refuse to put in His hands because I think mine are stronger or I somehow care more than He does.  Newsflash: I didn’t use my hands to create the world–I didn’t fling all the stars in the universe into place off my fingertips (Psalm 8:2)!  I cannot hold all the waters of the earth in the hollow of my hand (Isaiah 40:12).  And I did not send my Son to die so that everyone who believes in Him can have their name engraved on the palm of my hand (Isaiah 49:16).  It is not my mighty hand that rescues nations from slavery (Exodus 32:11).  Everything that sustains my life and that I enjoy is not a gift from my own hand (Ecclesiates 2:24).  It is the Lord’s mighty hands that are capable of far more than I can imagine.  He can hold the universe together and hold my life!

Psalm 139: 5 says, “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.”   God’s hand reaches down and touches the lives of His people.  He is near; He cares; and He is mighty!

It is under this hand that we must humble ourselves.  When we are humble under His mighty hand, He reaches down and lifts us up.  But when we pridefully push against His hand; it is powerful enough to put us in our place.  Most suffering and pain in my life is caused by thinking my hand is stronger than His, and that I am the molder and shaper of my life.

“Into you hand, I commit again, with all I am for You, Lord.  You hold my world in the palm of Your hand, and I am Yours forever.” (Hillsong)

“Oh LORD GOD, you have only begun to show your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand!” Deuteronomy 3:24


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