With Your Hand Held In His
by Helen Dowd

"The Lord bless thee and keep thee." Numbers 6:24

Isn't that a good promise? This is the promise God gave to Moses to pass on to the Children of Israel. And there's more: "The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."

As I was having my devotions today, I was thinking about a good friend of ours, who is quite ill. I couldn't get my mind off her as I turned to the little "Daily Light" book, as I often do, looking for a promise for the day. What a comfort it was to read these words. For anyone who is discouraged, fearful, lonely, in danger, or full of doubt, I do hope these words will bring you comfort. Please read on.

"The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." Solomon is known for his wisdom, so when he put these words down, in Proverbs 10:22, I know he knew what he was talking about.

And David, who lived in fear of his life for years, as he was being pursued daily by Saul, gives us the following words of encouragement: "Let all those that put their trust in thee (the Lord) rejoice:....For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield." David knew he could rely on God for protection.

"He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber...The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The Lord shall preserve thee from evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."- Psalm 121:3, 5, 8. Just think! The Lord never sleeps. He watches all His children, all the time.

Whenever you are sad, worried, or distraught go to the Psalms for comfort. One time a sister, who was going through a bad time, told me she felt far from God, and couldn't even seem to pray. She didn't know where to turn. I told her that at the times I feel I can't pray, I turn to the psalms. David, and the other psalmists, who have already gone through pain and suffering, have put the words there for us to read. They have prayed the prayers for us to pray, if our own words fail us. The psalms are a place to go to for refuge from the storms of life.

Did you know that Jesus prayed to God for us? You will find this prayer in John 17:11-12: - "Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept." Isn't it wonderful to know that Jesus loves us so much that He brings us to the throne of His Father? Isn't it wonderful to know that we are kept by Jesus through God? And even when we forget that God is looking after us, Jesus remembers us, and prays for us. (And He even knows us by name.)

Paul gives us this promise from God, in his letter to Timothy. "The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: ..." I Timothy 4:18. He said this to encourage his spiritual son, Timothy; but in so doing he is also encouraging all those who read these words.

And this verse, written for our assurance , from Jude " to those who are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ..." Jude 1 b "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." - Jude 24-25

So, for all of us today, let's take hope in the assurance we have received from:** God to Moses; ** from the wise man, Solomon; ** from the psalmist, David; ** from Jesus to God; ** from the apostle Paul to Timothy; and from ** Jude, the brother of James and Jesus. What further confidence do we need to start the week?

Oh God, in Thee I'm trusting,
Trusting in Your Word.
You've promised to be near me,
To be my Shield and Guard.

I know that You will keep me
Safe, in Your strong arms.
You'll shelter and protect me
From danger, and from harm.

So as I journey onward,
With Your hand holding mine,
'Though life may bring its sorrows,
You're with me all the time.

Don't forget, as your walk through life, that Jesus is holding your hand.

Helen Dowd

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