Friday, 17 July 2020
Reach out to His hands
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
As my daughter and I walked down the road to the school, I held her hand by my side. She was about 8 years old then. Suddenly, a car turned the corner and sped towards our direction, with its engines roaring.
I could sense that my daughter was tense. But I held her hand firmly and said, “Jane, trust me. I’m your father. Whatever happens, don’t let go of my hand!”
The car continued to speed, coming closer and closer. Suddenly, my daughter panicked and did the unthinkable–she let go of my hand and ran to the other side of the road! I watched helplessly in horror as the car sped down the road. I could see my darling girl running across the street, thinking she will be safer there. That day, my heart skipped several beats and I froze!
There was no time to pray. I could only shout to warn my girl. At that moment, God, in His eternal love and mercy, stepped in. The car suddenly braked and turned into the basement car park, just as my daughter reached the other side of the road! Praise the Lord! What a relief that was! I was still in shock. I crossed the street, bent down and hugged my daughter tightly.
Holding her in my arms, I could sense how frantic the little girl was. With her big eyes and tiny hands, she stood terrified at the event. Calming her down, I asked her inquisitively, “Jane, why did you let go of my hand?” Slowly, my stunned daughter said, “I was afraid of the car…”
I then replied, as tears welled up inside, “Jane, know that as long as you are holding my hand, you are safe. The moment you let go, I can no longer protect you…”
That day, I gave thanks to my God that my daughter was safe. I am certain it was God who delivered her from great harm. Even today, I shudder to even think what could have happened, if not for God.
As I ponder this event in my life, Ps. 37:23-26 encourages me. As the Lord directs my life (v23), the Scripture says, God also holds my hand to make sure that I do not fall. I might stumble, but the Lord promises to uphold me with His hand (v24).
Moreover, the Lord will provide for all the needs of those who diligently follow Him.
This week, I was greatly distressed and downcast because of various political developments in our beautiful country.
Feeling burdened, I called up a friend to seek wisdom. We spoke for some time and prayed. I believe that in times of great testing and trouble, we must trust Him. When you are discouraged, reach out to His hands. When you are feeling the weight of the world upon you, reach out to His hands. If you have been accused unfairly, reach out to His hands. If you are feeling lonely, reach out to His hands. His hands bear the scars of Calvary because Jesus cares for you. You matter to Him. As long as you hold His hands, you will be safe.
This morning, I pray that you will lean wholly on Jesus. Tell Him your troubles and fears. Only Jesus can make a difference. He hears your prayers and cares for you.
Lord, teach me to trust and walk in obedience to You. When the storms trouble me, when I am uncertain about the future, I pray that I will not let go of Your hand. Guide me into Your path everlasting, Lord. Let me not stray from the narrow path. Hold me in Your hands always, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.
诗篇37 ： 23-26