Every Which Way But Loose

hold hand

For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, ?Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.?? (IS 41.13)

It is the Lord Jesus Christ himself who holds your right hand, if you’re a believer.

He tells us three times as if to pound it into our heads: “I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand”…”It is I who say to you…I am the one who helps…”? It is the Creator of all who tells us not to fear, the Lord, the Sovereign One, who helps us.? Jesus doesn’t assign an angel to hold our hand. No man holds our hand.? No doctor, no boss, no experts hold our hand but Christ himself does.

“You lay your hand upon me,” says the Psalmist (Ps 139).? We didn’t lay our hands on Jesus.? He grabbed us and snatched us from destruction when we were running as hard as we could for hell.

If Christ holds our hand then it doesn’t matter what happens around us.? The economy might collapse but we won’t fall for the one who upholds the universe holds us.? Our lives may crumble about our feet but Jesus will keep his grip.? Even if the whole cosmos disintegrated around us Christ would still hold our hand.

The Lord holds our hand – we don’t hold his.? He will never lose his grip on us, even if we lose our grip on him, fall asleep, stumble, or try to pull away.? Jesus said no one can snatch us out of his hand.? Satan and all hell can’t pry us loose.? The world can’t steal us from him.? Old age and weakness may destroy our minds, but won’t loosen his mighty fingers.? Storms may batter and ravage us, but won’t break his grip, and he’ll still be holding our hand when we wade into the river to cross to the Celestial City.

Christ may turn us every which way, but he’ll never turn us loose.? Can you hear him saying to you today, “Fear not”?

photo by Tojosan

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.