“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2

“Once from my poor sin-sick soul, Christ did ev’ry burden roll,

Now I walk redeemed and whole, Hand in hand with Jesus.

Hand in hand we walk each day, Hand in hand along the way;

Walking thus I cannot stray, Hand in hand with Jesus.”

I recently read a story about a little boy who was in a large crowd with his mother and somehow got separated from her. When she realized he was no longer by her side she immediately asked her friends to help her search for him. Fortunately, he was soon located, and the story ended well.

As parents, we realize that even if a child is holding our hands, it is easy to become distracted and they can slip away from us. In thinking about this, I realized that it depended on who was doing the holding. If the child is holding the parent’s hand, he can easily become distracted and pull away. But if the parent is holding the child’s hand, it is gripped securely so that the child is protected from danger and harm.

Our Heavenly Father cares about us so much that He holds our hands securely. We can trust Him to always keep us safe. If we find ourselves drifting away from Him, we can feel the tug as He pulls us closer to His side. If the connection is broken, it is not the Lord that pulled away, but a choice we make.

Let’s look at the bigger picture. Not only does the Lord hold our hands, but He also goes before us to show us the way. He is behind us and around us, protecting us from any danger. And on top of that, He has angels watching over us.

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12.

What a wonderful Lord we serve. This week we are celebrating Easter, as we remember the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection, but every day is a day to celebrate our Saviour, for who He is and what He has done for us.

How close are you walking with Jesus today? Are you just staying close enough to claim His blessings? Or are you letting His Holy hands grip yours tightly, leading you through whatever this day may hold?

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for those nail-scarred hands that purchased my salvation on Calvary. Thank you for the security I have with my hands held tightly in yours. Don’t ever let me go.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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