The other day I was thinking about OneDay 2000. It was a time that God used to change the direction of my life – forever – especially in regards to my relationship with Him.
While at OneDay, we listened to different speakers teach us about living for the Glory of God – daily and wholeheartedly. One of those speakers was Beth Moore. I had never heard of her until this event … man, was she good (and still is).
She spoke about God as seen in Isaiah 6, 43, and 44. How His character alone should change the way we live our lives. How His holiness fills the earth, and is unstoppable. She spoke of His steadfast love for those who call upon Him, and the everlasting strength He provides for those who put their trust in Him. Then, in Isaiah 44, Moore turned it around and applied the verses to us who were there.
She read verse 5, which says:
This one will say, ‘I am the LORD’s,’
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’
and name himself by the name of Israel.”
Then, she read verse 20:
He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
Beth pointed out some context of what Isaiah was saying here. The right hand signifies strength, power, and high honor. This is why Scripture often says that God’s strength is within His mighty right hand. Verse 20 is also noting where the person is putting their strength – their trust – in: themselves. Isaiah is describing a person who is holding onto their own way of doing things – personal wants, desires, fame … sin that keeps them from fully embracing the Lord. The problem is, the person doesn’t realize this; they can’t come to terms that the thing in their right hand is in fact a lie. The person is so enthralled with the lie that they are willingly forsaking the truth of God’s promises.
Taking us back to verse 5, Beth challenges us to write upon our right hand, “The LORD’S”, and to declare our freedom and position in Him. She challenges us to let go of the lie that we are tightly holding onto, and to take hold of Him who redeems us.
The greater challenge is this: to rest IN Him who is Holy – IN Him who is Worthy – IN Him who is Able – IN Him who calls us His own – and let go of / leave behind the things that cause us to forget these Truths.
What is in your right hand? Who do you belong to? Whom are you serving? Who or what are you leaning onto, other than God alone?