My friend, may I ask you a question? When we commit ourselves into the hands of Jesus Christ, can we be sure that we are committed to the strong, sure keeping of hands that have never yet lost a man? Is it worth the risk to take His hand and go where it leads?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
It’s human nature to believe that there is no one b etter able to judge our safety and comfort than we ourselves. You know--you go on vacation and everyone piles down to the beach. There’s always that one brave soul who leaps right into the water without so much as testing a toe to see whether it’s warm or cold. They dive in and come up always refreshed and beckoning. “Hey! Come on in. The water’s fine!” “Right?” you say. Then you put a toe in and a shiver goes up your spine. You know if you dive in you’ll be fine. But, there’s always that hesitation--that reluctance to believe the voice of reassurance. “Come on. Look at me! Trust me! The water’s fine!”
Assurance. We can’t realize the benefits unless we’re willing to trust the giver.
Here’s a story: A climber in the Alps had come to a perilous gap in the ice where the only way to get across was to place his foot in the outstretched hand of the guide. Told to do this by the guide, the climber hesitated a moment as he looked into the gloomy depths below. For all the obvious reasons, it just didn’t seem like the safe thing to do. Seeing the hesitation, the guide said, “Have no fear, sir, that hand never yet lost a man.” The guide smiled and stretched out his hand again, reassuring the climber. Tentatively, he reached out his foot to the guide who firmly grasped it in the palm of his hand and, with a lift and a pull, tugged the climber to safety on the other side of the ice gap. (Sunday School Times)
When we commit ourselves into the hands of Jesus Christ, we can be sure that we are committed to the strong, sure keeping of hands that have never yet lost a man. The Bible tells us that even when the world threatens us with its most dire persecutions, “Not a hair of y(our) head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life” (Luke 21:18). This is not to say that believers will be exempt from physical harm or death. Rather, he was saying that none of his followers would suffer eternal death. Jesus calls to each of us, “Come in, the water is fine!” With that assurance we can plunge into a life of good works and spiritual health; reassured that He would never ask us to jump unless the water was truly very fine.
We pray. I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. (Luther’s Morning Prayer)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.