Apparently a mix of genetic and environmental factors determines whether we are right or left handed. The majority of Americans are right handed, but 15% are left-handed. According to a study done at the St. Lawrence University in New York, “lefties” have two times the problem solving skills and generally a higher IQ potential than right handed folks. But, the right-handed guys tend to live much longer than their left-handed friends.
These statistics are interesting in the context of several Old Testament verses that speak of God’s right hand. It is God’s right hand that provides for our salvation. “He gives victory to his anointed…with the victorious power of His right hand.” (Ps. 20:6)
His right hand provides strength and stamina for the believer. “I cling to you, your right hand upholds me.” (Ps. 63:8) And our security and joy are both found at His right hand. “You make known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Ps.16:11)
Not only does God use His right hand to meter out all these blessings, but He also gives those blessings through our right hand. Consider Isa. 41:13, “For I the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear, I will help you.”
Our focus this week needs to mirror the thoughts David shared in Psalm 16. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord, with Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
Glance down at your hands, maybe your right hand in particular. Imagine that Christ is literally holding one of them. Wouldn’t it make it a bit easier to endure the ups and downs of regular living if you sensed His fingers intertwined with yours?
Children intuitively reach for their parents’ hands when fear grips their heart. They grab for mom or dad’s hand when confronted with a new situation. They grab hold and hang on until the anxiety passes.
Our heavenly father is extending His hand to us. It’s His right hand and He is clasping our right hand. So, hang on!