I remember many years ago asking someone what role the left-hand of God played, as many verses in the Bible mention a lot about Gods right hand and a few if not, non about His left. For example:
Gen. 48:17-19, “When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”
Even within Genesis 48:17-19, there was greater emphasis placed on blessing with the right-hand above the left hand.
Acts 5:31, “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.“
We are even told that the Son of Man sits on God’s right-hand, because His right hand represents strength and majestic power
Exodus 15:6, “ Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.”
Psalm 20:6, “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed. He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.”
For this reason, I really wanted to understand the significance of God’s left hand and what it actually means. I remember that this individual came back to me and told me something that has stuck in my head ever since. The right hand is rightly so the majestic power of God and His sovereign authority, the right hand is for the things that reveal what God has done in our lives but the left is gentler than the right and is for the things that God has done for us without our knowledge. Today, as I write this blog I am reminded that God does many extraordinary things for His children that we are so unaware of, we take it for granted that we are able to wake up in the morning and eat comfortably and sleep without worry. But, there is a protector who ‘neither sleeps nor slumbers’ (Psalm 121:4), who is on constant guard so that we are protected ‘from all harm'(verse 7). When David writes in Psalm 91 that ‘the one who lives under the protection of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’ The shadow of the Almighty is a hidden location that is unreachable to the enemy it is a certain glory that covers those who are under His protection. In the shadow of the almighty, that is where we are provided with rest, comfort and stillness whilst His right-hand fights on our behalf.
Last year November my mother had used my room to pray, and whilst in my room, she had plugged an electrical heater into the plug socket, however when she had finished praying she could no longer take the plug out of the plug socket and we just left it in there. So since November , I have switched on that heater in my room many times and have even placed other electrical items in the available socket next to the heater. Today we called in a plumber to fix our radiators and whilst He was in the house we just asked if he could pull the plug out of the socket for us, but when he eventually managed to pull the plug out, we found that the socket had overheated and burnt and in our ignorance something drastic could have happened. We had continued to use the electric heater for the last 5 months not knowing of the risk it imposed on our house, and this is when we realised how much we truly Live Under Grace.
Similarly, an incident also took place last year with our car when by chance we found out that the mechanics that hold the tires and other stuff ( too complicated for me to remember the name) had never been present and if they had were for all intents and purpose pointless. Yet we had driven the vehicle countless times in blissful ignorance, not knowing the immense danger that we were in and the danger we imposed on other drivers and the severity that this incident could have caused.
All of these incidents made me realise how much I take God’s grace for granted, there are perhaps many more incidents and scenarios that I have been involved in that God had protected me, there are many things that God has done with His left hand that I have no knowledge of and perhaps never will nor have to. There are many things that happen in the physical and in the Spirit that we are beign guarded against daily and we continue to live in blissful igorance, but God asks us to join in with the spiritual warfare ‘for we wrestle not against flesh or blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armour of God’ ( Ephesians 6:12- 13). When we are not armoured with the armour of God it is like walking without grace, incredibly ignorant of what is happening in the heavens, no wonder God said ‘my people are destroyed for lack of knowlegde’ (Hosea 4:6) because they don’t know the dangers they are in.
I feel so blessed to be able to attend a spirit-filled church where the presence of God is very tangible, yet I take it for granted every Sunday in the same way that I take it for granted that I live under such grace, that despite my ignorance I am still alive.
My duty is to make myself aware of His presence in everything I do and wake the dawn with praises with gratitude and thanks giving. Forgetting His presence is dare I say it blasphemous , I don’t want to live a life where I am not aware of Him this is one of the main reasons why this blog was created so that I remain near to Him in some way.