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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”—1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
Many Christians use signatures in their writing—phrases or words that convey a message. There’s the standard “God bless” or the shortened version, “blessings.” I’ve seen “In Christ,” “In His Grace,” and “In Him.” But the one I always found the most compelling is “In His grip,” for I believe the divine hand of God is a signature in and of itself—a signature of sovereignty.
His signature pattern begins with “in the beginning.” There, God’s hand exercised His sovereign, creative power; it laid the foundations of the earth and spread out the heavens (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 48:13). By His hand is the life of every living thing (Job 12:10) and opened to satisfy our desires (Psalm 145:16).
A time came when His hand judged. In Eden, sin entered the heart of mankind, and God’s hand delivered justice. It was His sovereign right to do so. Yet, without pause, His hand stretched out with garments of skin to restore fellowship and provide a model of atonement (Genesis 3:21). It was a sovereign gesture of love from the hand of a mighty God. It was a marvelous thing.
Through the centuries, the pattern followed: creation, provision, judgment, deliverance. God raised up a people and provided for them; they were judged and then delivered. By His hand, the hearts of kings were turned (Proverbs 21:1), victory was given, and the afflicted were upheld. Affected by neither pagan nor prophet, beast nor battle, wind nor wave, God’s sovereign hand steered the course. His covenantal promise assured He would never forget, for His people were engraved on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).
So, I sit with this. I reflect on how His hand was not too short to save a wretch like me (Isaiah 59:1). I consider the clay in the hands of the Potter—not only did He create me, but He is in the process of recreating and transforming me as I grow in grace. He provides, He chastens, and He delivers me from temptation as I humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
Through Jesus, He made a covenant with all mankind. Indeed, we are all carved on His hands through the nails that held Him to the cross. And because of that sovereign signature of love, nothing can snatch us from the divine hand of God (John 10:29).
Dig: Take some time to do a study of the hand of God.
Discover: Reflect on all the areas of your life where you have seen His hand creating, providing, chastening, and delivering.
Display: Does this reflection prompt a testimony? Share it with someone and to God be the glory.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.