It occurred to me during a particular session this week that while we often ask the Lord to speak to us, to tell us what to do, many times I think He just wants us to be close enough to Him to feel the effect of His presence. One of the scriptures that the Lord led me to as I thought about this was Psalm 37:23-24 (TLB):

“The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

I can summarize the Lord’s provision for our protection with the phrase: My small hand in His big hand. You who are parents understand this. When you and your family are about to cross a busy intersection or enter an area full of adults in a hurry, you reach out and ask your small children to “take Mommy and Daddy’s hand.” When they do, you are allowed to guide them, pull them back from danger, rescue them with a quick lift of your hand. So it is with our heavenly Father. He knows we will stumble, either tripping over our own sin or the effects of those sins committed against us and He wants to be right there, holding us up.

However, God also knows that we, like our own children, do not always take the hand of the one who can protect. Sometimes pride causes a child to cry out, “I don’t need your help. I’m a big boy. I can take care of myself.”  You’ve seen it before. It is not pretty nor is it safe. James 4:6 tells us that God opposes us when we embrace such thinking. He wants us to depend on His grace while the devil wants us to depend on ourselves. Satan enjoys inflating the ego and encouraging the believer to do it his own way. The Lord, on the other hand, gives grace, and more grace, to the one who humbles him or herself and takes His hand.

I was ministering to a lady this week who felt overwhelmed by some circumstances in life and she ended up sort of stalled, immobilized by fear. I asked the Lord to reveal Himself to her inmost being in a way that would allow her to continue on.  After a few moments of silence, she made this simple statement: “He is really big and very strong. He can help me.” With that, we moved on in our scripture study and healing time.

He will never leave you, never forsake you. Put your small hand in His big hand this week. It will make a difference.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Pastor Jim

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