The use of the word hand represents a significant concept throughout scripture. In the Old Testament we read of the contrast between Israel’s deliverance by the hand of the Lord and oppression by the hand of Israel’s enemies.
The idea of God’s hand is key in several books throughout the Old Testament.
God’s hand holds both consequence and reward. It creates fear and hope. The writer of the book of Hebrews expresses it is a “terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” The writer also expresses how Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God. The right hand of God is a place of prominence and power.
Peter reminds us to humble ourselves “under the mighty hand of God.”
What does this have to do with leadership?
The hand of leadership must not create fear, but provide hope.
The hand of leadership needs to lead with humility.
There is prominence and power by the hand with which we lead. We have an opportunity to make a difference with the use of our hand. Let us use our hands to serve our God and others.