31 Days: Hold to His Hand {Day 7}

This is day 10 of the Write 31 days October challenge.  I’m using Five Minute Friday‘s one word prompts this year and tying my posts to a hymn of the Christian faith.   For the rest of my posts click on the landing page.   Today’s word is hold.

I’ve been watching this crazy, messed up show on Netflix. When it’s not raunchy, it’s actually kind of funny.   Don’t ask what it is because It’s not one I can recommend at all!  In fact, I’m kinda surprised I’ve  watched more than one episode, but I’m kind of wanting to see where it goes. I know it won’t lead to Jesus, but will some of the craziness resolve?  I was telling Shane about i this morning, telling him about the absurdity of characters and the plot.  It sounds even more absurd when I tell him about it.  And I wonder if it might be more reflective of the culture than I even care to think.  He agrees that it might and shares some real life stories with me from his co-workers that sound similar to this show.   Aside from thinking how sad it is if that is so, I can’t help but think how much this crazy messed up life needs Jesus.

No, Jesus doesn’t take away the problems of the world, he’s not an instantaneous fix.  But he is the one and only thing constant in this life.    With him there is hope.

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He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8) He doesn’t change.  Everything around us changes.  We can’t trust people; they will hurt us. We can’t know that death won’t come when it’s least expected. We can’t know that a job won’t be lost.  Or that we won’t be betrayed by someone we thought was a friend.

But we can know that God will never leave us.  He will never forsake us. (Duet. 31:6).  He knows what is coming your way.  He has it ordained.  Don’t be angry at that.  God isn’t “making” bad things happen, but he is allowing them.  There’s a big difference in making and allowing.   He is allowing them to grow you.  To strengthen you. To draw you closer to him.

God is the only thing in this life that we can trust to be true.  That we can trust not to hurt us or to bring us pain.  As has been much of the theme this month, He is sovereign.  He is faithful when we are not.

We can hope.  We can hope for the future.  On things eternal.  The things of this earth will fade, will rust will rot.  But eternal things will never fade.

STOP

When the world is falling apart around us, when friends have failed us, when family has disowned us.  Christ is the answer.  When we cling to him, when we hold to his unchanging hand, when we immerse ourselves in his Word, we find comfort.

It’s hard to do.  It’s hard to trust what we cannot see.  It’s hard for us to wrap our head around the fact that people are sinful but Jesus is not and believe it because people are only made in the image of God.  We’ve been marred by the evil one, we’ve been marred by sin.  When we can let our human selves get past this message, we can find comfort, peace and joy for the journey we face.  For the days that we know will come when the world seems to be crashing in around us.  We can hold to his unchanging hand.

Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Refrain:
Hold to His Hand to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to His Hand to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Trust in Him who will not leave you,
Whatsoever years may bring,
If by earthly friends forsaken
Still more closely to Him cling.

Covet not this world’s vain riches
That so rapidly decay,
Seek to gain the heav’nly treasures,
They will never pass away.

When your journey is completed,
If to God you have been true,
Fair and bright the home in glory
Your enraptured soul will view.

1 Comment

  • Tara

    10/07/2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Hope changes things…
    As our friend Susan says!

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