Take My Hand

“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.”

John 10:29  

The words, “Take My Hand” have been used in some of the best movies ever made. “Take My Hand” moments happen any time someone is about to slip and fall off a cliff, into a molten lava pit, out of a speeding car or off a run away train and another tries to take their hand. The suspense builds as there is no certinty that their hands will even reach. And if by some miracle they do grasp hands the lapse of a few seconds intensifies the suspense as you wait to see if the would-be rescuer has the physical strength to lift the helpless to safety or will they slip through their grasp like in the movie, “Cliffhanger or “The Guardian.”

There is a beauty, a strength, a sense of security when two hands are clasped together, almost as if God Himself made our hands to fit inside the hand of another by design. I know there are few things I enjoy more than when I am able to take my wife’s hand in mine as we walk along. It makes no difference if it’s only 100 years from the car to the grocery store or for miles along our favorite beach.

This past weekend I shared a message from Matthew 24 I titled “You Can Do Hard Things” being reminded of Jesus teaching on the tribulation period that is coming upon the world. Jesus didn’t sugar coat the events that will occur at some point in human history. The loss of life will extreme due to the rejection of Jesus as the Promised Messiah and yet those who are saved Jesus declares are those who as Matthew 24:13 puts it, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

In other words, the person who is saved and endures to the end is the one who recognizes their need to be rescued and cries out to Jesus Christ and takes His hand. Salvation isn’t based upon your ability or mine to hold on to Jesus but rather in Jesus strength to hold us firmly in His hand. We are so secure in Jesus grasp He Himself declares in John 10:28-30, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one."

Yes, loved one, you are safe in Jesus strong hands. If by chance you find yourself in need of being rescued today, call upon the name of the Lord. Rest in God’s unfailing love knowing that though you and I might not know what the future holds we do know who holds the future. The key to enjoying greater peace in the midst of life’s trials and seemingly cliff hanging situations we might find ourselves in is seeing God’s hand in everything you are going through, and knowing everything you are going through is in God’s hand.

 
“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”

Isaiah 43:1-3


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Michael Osthimer

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