Strong Hands

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“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 

 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,  for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.  No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.” (John 10:27-30, New Living Translation)

I can still see the pastor explaining these verses to the preadolescent boy at summer camp as I sat to one side and watched, praying for God to speak and confirm His work.  When he got to the phrase that says, “No one can snatch them out of my hand,” he place his right index finger in the palm of His left hand and wrapped his fingers tightly tightly around it so that his left hand made a strong fist surrounding his right finger.  He told that young man that God would hold onto him and never let him go.

That was almost 30 years ago.  I hope that grown man remembers that personal experience as powerfully as I do.  I hope that, in times when his faith has faltered and he has struggled to hold onto Jesus, that he has remembered that he doesn’t have to be strong enough to hold onto Jesus because Jesus has him firmly in His grip. I hope he has shared that camp story with other boys and girls, maybe including his own.

I’m thinking right now about the words of the great song from Rich Mullins: “Hold me, Jesus, ‘cause I’m shaking like a leaf.  You have been King of my glory.  Won’t you be my Prince of peace?” (click here for Youtube video of the whole song)

Question: How are you resting securely in the hand of Jesus today?

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