Hold Me, Please!

Psalm 18:35 "Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great."

At two o'clock in the morning a little child is awakened by the discomfort of a high temperature and pleads: "Mommy, please hold me!" How comforting such holding is! the child is still ill, but wrapped in Mother's arms, healing, rest, and sleep come more easily. 

Dealing With Doubt

Mark 9:24 "Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, 'I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'"

Many believers have experienced moments when they were not quite sure of their faith. With all their accumulated knowledge, all their broadening "education," and with the "tune of the times" dictating much of their thinking, they have wondered if they can still sing with the children of their Sunday school class: "Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so." 

Hold on to Christ

Hebrews 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith."

According to Old Testament law a man who had unintentionally killed someone could flee for safety to the temple in Jerusalem and hang on to the horns of the altar of burnt offering. These horns were actually projections resembling horns that were placed at the corners of the altar. 

If God be for Us

Romans 8:31 "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

The apostle's question comes after a recital of all God has done to bring us to Himself. In eternity He foreknew us and chose us in Christ to be His children. In time He called us to faith, through the Gospel. Having brought us to faith, He declared us just and righteous in His sight. He also glorified us, the full state of glory awaiting us in heaven. 

Do You Feel Let Down?

Joshua 2:15 "She (Rahab) let them down by a rope through the window."

Have you ever had your back to the wall? Look at the Israelites: desert to the left and to the right. Behind them were the armies of Egypt coming to capture them. God spoke to Moses: "Tell the Israelites to move on" (Exodus 14:15). They went forward into the Red Sea. The waters parted. Their backs had been to the wall, and God saved them. 

Who Can do the Impossible?"

Matthew 15:33 "His disciples answered, 'Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?'"

There can be no question about it. No one can feed 4,000 people with only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish! It's absurd to even consider the possibility! Unless -- unless less the one who determines to do so is the ruler of heaven and earth. Then every protesting tongue must fall silent. 

Life on Hold

Psalm 27:14 "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

After our new office phone system was installed, a representative from the company instructed us on the operation of the phones. In describing the "hold" button, she mentioned that when you are on hold, it sometimes seems like an eternity. And she is right! 

Disciplined by Grace

Psalm 94:12,14 "Blessed is the man You discipline, O Lord, the man You teach from Your law;...For the Lord will not reject His people."

Webster's dictionary defines the verb discipline as "to punish and to teach." It is interesting that a word that has as its root the idea of moulding a person through instruction should, over the years, acquire the idea of punishment as its primary definition.