ODB: In His Grip

December 31, 2013

READ: Romans 8:31-39 

I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. —Philippians 3:12

When we cross a busy street with small children in tow, we put out our hand and say, “Hold on tight,” and our little ones grasp our hand as tightly as they can. But we would never depend on their grasp. It is our grip on their hand that holds them and keeps them secure. So Paul insists, “Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:12). Or more exactly, “Christ has a grip on me!”

One thing is certain: It is not our grip on God that keeps us safe, but the power of Jesus’ grasp. No one can take us out of His grasp—not the devil, not even ourselves. Once we’re in His hands, He will not let go.

We have this assurance: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).

Doubly safe: Our Father on one side and our Lord and Savior on the other, clasping us in a viselike grip. These are the hands that shaped the mountains and oceans and flung the stars into space. Nothing in this life or the next “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

— David H. Roper

Father, I thank You for the nail-pierced hands
that reached out in love and took me by my hand.
You have led me by Your right hand throughout life.
I trust You to hold me and keep me safe to the end.

The One who saved us is the One who keeps us.

Source: Our Daily Bread

1 reply
  1. Ross B
    Ross B says:

    Anti-social behaviour and intimidation is found almost everywhere in our cities, towns and local communities. Purposeless, bored and disaffected young people are often part of the problem. Local children’s playgrounds and town parks are used for alcohol, drug abuse and more. Purposeless, bored and disaffected young people are so often part of the problem. But, here at BBTG we believe that young people can be the solution to these problems. When we break the cycle that keeps them down, we believe our youth are entrepreneurial, rational, determined, ambitious and of vast potential.

    We aim to give value and respect back to our youth, instilling in them a sense of belonging, developing the champion within them while creating new opportunities for education, employment, and further training.

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