Stretched out Hand!
Verse for Today: Friday, June 29, 2012
Matthew 14:31 – Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of (Peter), and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Jesus is near us all the time and He watches over us so well as He knows all our emergent situations. He interferes in our affairs at the brink of time to save us from falling into deep trouble. He would not suffer us to sink into troubled waters. His hands stretch out to us at the nick of time to save us from destruction. His eyes are always upon us because He knows that we are vulnerable to doubt, confusion and distraction. He holds us tight lest we might slip into trouble. Our Lord knows that the sea of life has high billows, whirlpools and undercurrents. So He stands guard to watch over us. Whether we are in a small lake like Tiberius or a vast Red Sea, we are susceptible to get discouraged and become fearful. When the ebbs of our faith dwindle, we tend to look at the circumstances and become frightful. David had such doubts when he went through the dark valleys of life. But the Lord led him through it by brightening his ways with His glory. When John was a lonely old man in Patmos, the Lord filled him with the revelation of His glory to strengthen him. He strengthened Gideon through a direct appearance and some soft conversation about His plan for him. Our Lord comes to take away our fear, doubt, unbelief, frustration and apprehensions when we are most needy. We are safe in His stretched hands and secure under His wings to live without fear or anxiety.
Dear reader, is your circumstance sending chills to your bones through unexplainable fear and phobias? Is your present situation challenging you to prove your faith? Are you intimidated by the consequences of your scenario which is getting out of control for you? But Jesus is there with you in your present situation to equip and empower you to face it with courage and confidence. He strengthened Gideon to face the Amalakites with the smallest army of just 300 soldiers. Abraham had no fear to go after five kings in the middle of the night with just 318 young men and come back after squarely defeating all of them. Nehemiah had the holy tenacity not to fear the enemies who tried their level best to stop him from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Esther was full of the vigor of faith when she was passionately moved to approach King Xerxes for the salvation of the people of God. Abraham had no fear of the unknown when he set out to travel to an unknown country. They all knew that their Lord was holding them by His stretched out hands and that they were utterly safe and secure in His arms. This Lord is our Lord who holds our hands also so that we would be able to face dangerous situations or set out boldly to the unknown. Our Lord would not let us go because He loves us so much. Through all the tough situations, our Lord molds us and makes us stronger day after day. It was this work of the potter that Peter went through so that he would be seen fearless to face the authorities and even the gallows under Herod. These clouds of witnesses enrich our lives today with greater faith to face our situations without fear or anxiety.
Psalms 73:23 – Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.
Thought for Today
In times of trouble, our Lord who is with us will hold us tight to Himself with His mighty hands.
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STRETCHED OUT HAND!!