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“Don’t trust to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.”

Hammer William Webb-Peploe

 

aditya-romansa-117344When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand.  Often it would simply be out of the sheer joy of having his dad close to him.  He would wrap his little chubby hand around my finger, and away we would go.  Other times, when I sensed that I needed to hold on to him, I would wrap my hand all the way around his hand and wrist, and squeeze tight.  Love…joy…security…safety – all wrapped up in his hand in mine.

I love the picture illustrated by Isaiah –  “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, (insert your name there)whose right hand I have grasped” (Isaiah 45:1 ESV) 

The Hebrew word for grasped, “Chazaq” literally means “to be bound fast, both in the significance of adhesion and strength” (Strong’s Concordance).  God was saying that when your hand is in His, a strong, fast, bond is formed between the two.

sam-headland-284057As our children grow into those teen years, things change.  Our kids become increasingly independent, and socially they might be a little embarrassed to be seen walking hand-in-hand with dad.

Sadly, we often become so independent in our Christian journey that, for any number of reasons, we don’t let our Heavenly Father hold our hand.  More often than not, I believe it is a part of what John was talking about when he writes to the Church in Ephesus, “…you have abandoned the love that you had at first” (Revelation 2:4)  This Church had been “enduring patiently…bearing up for His name…not growing weary” (Revelation 2:3) but even after all of those “good works”, God was more interested in whether or not they loved Him – whether they were still dependent on Him.  Perhaps they simply needed to slow down and let God take them by the hand.

matheus-ferrero-159633When life is good, that’s a great time to wrap your hand around your Heavenly Father’s finger and enjoy the journey.  When life is tough…when the wheels are coming off… that’s the time to reflect on these verses, and let His strong, mighty hand grasp your hand:

“(For they shall hear of your great name and your mighty hand…)” 1 Kings 8:42 ESV

“They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and your strong hand.” Nehemiah 1:10 ESV

“You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand…” Psalm 89:13 ESV

Don’t let the cares of the world rob you of your dependence on Him, or your strength in Him.  In the good times…hold His hand.  In the hard times…let Him grasp your hand.

It just might turn your life around.

 


 

g-timTim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who is married to Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.

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