A mighty hand
But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. NIV
The deliverance from slavery in Egypt was an amazing feat. An entire people, enslaved for some four hundred years, were suddenly able to throw off their chains, plunder the riches of their masters and walk out en mass. The world has seen nothing like that before or since. It was not that the Israelites suddenly developed the skills to overpower a mighty empire or that their slavers were suddenly weakened by catastrophe or war. The Egyptians faced something far more formidable – the mighty hand of God!
Their deliverance by that mighty hand of God would forever define the people of Israel. In their darkest moments, in their most desperate times, they would remind the Lord of how He had delivered them from Egypt with a mighty hand and cry out to God to do it again.
And here’s something equally exciting and amazing: In Christ, every believer is covered by that mighty hand of God! Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances or situations, we can count on that mighty hand to deliver us, protect us, see us through. Though the exodus from Egypt might seem a long, long time ago and might appear to have little to do with us today, it still defines our relationship with God.
For one thing, we can learn that God never forgets His promises. Generations may come and go. Generations may rise that do not even remember the promise but God never forgets. In the fullness of time, He brings it to pass. We need to seek out His promises, hold to it, remind Him about it if necessary but always trusting that He will do as He said He would.
For another, we can learn that His promises are always way above what we can imagine, above our ability to comprehend, above our ability to accomplish. They are always awesome promises. We cannot bring it to pass on our own but He has promised that “a mighty hand” will accomplish His promises. We need to remind ourselves that God’s “mighty hand” is at work in our lives each day. We can be at rest, fearing not what lies ahead or how it shall be done.
It is well to remember also that He always calls us to do the impossible. The possible He leaves to us. After all He has imbued us with certain human powers and faculties. But every now and then, He calls us to do impossible things that His name may be glorified, that His purposes may be accomplished. In such times, we are just the instrument, the messenger, the voice … of God. Imagine sending a stammering and washed-out man, a mere shepherd, against Pharaoh, ruler of one of the greatest empires of the day! All the Lord is looking for is faith and with that He can accomplish awesome things with His mighty hand. Faith releases the mighty hand of God!
What about you? What are you going through right now? Are you holding on to some promise of God and believing God for a breakthrough? Know that the mighty hand of God is at work in ways you cannot often see or discern but it’s there; it’s always been there because you are loved and cherished by God.