Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

God’s Mighty Hand

Today's Life Journal Bible readingExodus 6-8; Luke 23

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country… ‘…I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm…’ The magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’…”
Exodus 6:1, 6; 8:19
“Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’…”
Luke 23:46

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Pharaoh’s magicians recognized their demonic arts were no match for the finger of God, let alone the mighty hand of God. God’s hand of judgment has destroyed nations and yet these same hands are not too short to save. There are no better hands to which we fully surrender our lives as we invite him into our lives. The early church, in responding to persecution, invited God to “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus” (Acts 4:30). As Jesus breathed his last breath on the cross, he committed his spirit into the hands of his heavenly Father. There are no safer hands to commit our spirits to as we cross from this life to the next. It is far better to submit to the hand of God than to experience God’s hand in judgment. We all have that choice.

“Father God, I humble myself today under your mighty hand. I pray this day for your anointing strength and guidance, for your glory.”