Thursday, November 09, 2006

God's Faithful Hands

Have you ever taken notice of the sweet lovable innocence of a child who places their complete and total trust in their parents? When the child places their hands into the hands of Mom or Dad, they will trustingly follow them anywhere. They know that as long as they have hold of their parents' hand, they are safe and they do not worry where they are going or what lies around the corner. However, when a child lets go of that strong hand, and finds himself lost in a department store, he becomes terribly frightened, often begins to cry and wants someone to lead him back to his parents.

Can we relate that example to the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father? He wants us to trust in Him enough to have that innocent faith that all is well and safe and secure. It won't matter what direction our life takes, or what lies around the corner, because we KNOW that He will hold us by His righteous right hand and will guide and direct us according to His will and His good purposes. Even if around the corner lies some pretty horrific circumstances, our trust should remain strong that He will not let us go, but will lead us through the darkest hours, because He is trustworthy. He is true to His word, and will not fail us. We are His children, and He is our Father.

However, when we feel disconnected from the Father by our uncertainties, our fears, our doubts, our lack of faith, then our world can become pretty scary and unsettling. Throughout the Bible, God tells us over and over again, "Do not fear, for I am with you." "Do not worry," "Do not fret." There's a verse in Proverbs that often speaks such comfort to me. It says: "Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence." (Proverbs 3:25, 26).

Long ago I heard this quote and wrote it in my Bible: "Worry is like a rocking chair---it's always in motion, but it never gets you anywhere." When we worry, it leaves no room for faith. Worry cancels out our trust in the Lord. It basically is saying that we don't think God is big enough to handle our problems. I think God knew we would struggle with worry and fear. That's why He says so many times in His Word, "Do not fear.." How much better to look to the Lord and say, "I KNOW You are with me, and that YOU will guide me through this--just show me the way, and I will follow." Hang on to His hand. What possibly could come that He would ever let go of us? NOTHING!

Grip His strong hand today, and be safe!


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