I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help [hold] thee.
One day after Hurricane Edna struck western Massachusetts in 1954, my father took me to the Ludlow Bridge which spanned the Chicopee river between Ludlow and Indian Orchard at what was once known as Wallamanumps Falls. We walked onto the bridge and watched the raging water only a few feet below the bridge, splashing against the upstream side. Residents knew that with the dam opened that tumultuous white water was over 50 feet deep. If anyone fell in, they would never survive. I couldn’t see the water because I was only 4 years old and not big enough to look over the concrete siding. So my dad picked me up and sat me on that railing with my feet dangling over the edge. Others around him panicked. At first I was terrified, but my dad held me with a firm grip and told me that I would be OK because he was holding me and would never let me go.
At my advanced age, I still have that mental picture of the raging waters of the Chicopee river directly beneath my feet, and of my father’s strong hands. I can’t help but think that the act of my foster father helping me to see the power of a storm-stirred river developed a deep trust, in my young heart, that my “Dad” was able to hold me and keep me safe. How much stronger and greater the hold of our eternal Father’s hands? He has held me for 42 years now, and has not let go once!
Don’t try to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you do the trusting.
See Also: Isa. 41:10
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Do not tremble; do not be afraid, Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? You are my witnesses –Isaiah 44:8a
“ . . . who do you say I am?” –Matthew 16:15
You perhaps heard it said, “God has a wonderful plan for your life?” Some recoil from allowing themselves to get too encouraged by the thought. Either they don’t believe it or they are realists in a world of pain and suffering and human tragedy. Or they believed it, but after many years they have not seen the truth of it. In any case, God’s word is true and he has an ancient plan of good for his people–those who are his by virtue of having believed God and come to him on his own terms (not theirs).
We are people living in a dying world, but in the midst of pain, suffering, and dashed hopes, God’s own proclamation is crystal clear. He tells us firt that we are not to tremble or be afraid. This is repeated by Paul–“I have not given you a spirit of fear . . .” God’s reason follows. Did I not reveal my purposes for you? “ “long ago?” This is God’s ancient plan–we are living examples of his life and love. We are his witnesses. Witnesses to what? We are witnesses who have answered Christ’s question affirmatively and correctly–to trust the Good News about him and Father.
We are witnesses to Jesus, the Son of the living God–Messiah, Lord, Logos–alive from the dead. He is the One God chose to save the world and set us free from our bondage to sin and fear. To bring us back to the Father.
“Who do YOU say I am?”
Father, thank you that you have revealed Jesus to me. Help anyone who has not yet arrived at this personal revelation of your Son. Remove the veil and grant them sight and understanding to know Jesus and You.