The Hand of the Lord

One of the blessings of doing life with Jesus is the boldness that the Spirit sometimes gives. This boldness can come in the form of persistent prayer, when you feel the encouragement to continue praying. This boldness can come in worship, when you experience a gladness over all that Jesus has done for you. This boldness can also come when its time to work, you continue to speak and serve in spite of weakness or persecution. A biblical phrase that explains this boldness we sometimes feel is “the hand of the Lord was with them.”

The plagues that Moses brings on Egypt are done by the hand of the Lord (Ex 7:4; 9:3). After crossing the Jordan River, Joshua declared, “the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which eh dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God for ever” (Joshua 4:23-24).When the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant, it was the hand of the Lord that was heavy against them (1 Sam 5:6). It was the hand of the Lord that empowered Elijah to outrun Ahab’s chariot (1 Kgs 18:46). It is the prophet Isaiah who said, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear” (Is 59:1). Looking at all of creation, the Lord declares, “All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be” (Is 66:2). The king gave Ezra what he asked because the hand of the Lord was on Ezra (Ezra 7:6). “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Prov 21:1). To have the hand of the Lord is to have the power and presence of God. To have the hand of the Lord is to be empowered to do the work of the Lord.

To have the Lord is to have all you need.

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