‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’
For the toddler, falling has no fear- it is all part and parcel of learning to walk. But as you get older and less steady on your feet, fear can be all too real.
Spiritual falling can be a cause for anxiety whatever our age. And who would dare to be so self-confident that they could presume they can walk without any aid or any ear?
Sometimes we do feel that we are heading for a fall because of circumstances; here is a promise which comes to our aid.
It is not only God’s hand that comes to help us and hold us, but his ‘right hand’. This is the hand of omnipotence and rule. It is his guiding and guarding hand- the hand of his royal decree. This is the hand which ensures that ‘all things work together for the good of those who love him’ (Romans 8:28).
Furthermore it is his ‘righteous’ hand. God will act righteously – doing what is right, and savingly (often associated with his righteousness).
As someone has said, ‘Weak may be our feet, but almighty is God’s right hand.’
- God’s tender and powerful care
- His promise to uphold in the middle of difficulty
- That all God’s promises find their ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ in Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20)
- Our ministers and staff team as they take up the extra challenges of the present crisis
- People to act sensibly and thoughtfully, being considerate of others.
- Opportunities to share the Gospel of mercy with family, friends and neighbours.
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