‘…your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.’ (Psalm 139:10)
In his 1939 Christmas address, King George VI spoke of his faith in God’s leading. World War 2 had begun and with all the concern that lay ahead the king concluded his message with lines written by Minnie Louise Haskins some 30 years earlier:
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied: ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’
Like Britain back in 1939 Britain in 2020 faces a future with foreboding circumstances. A different kind of enemy confronts us, but an enemy, nevertheless. Yet we need not fear. We have someone to guide us in the darkest night. That’s why the psalmist could say,
‘your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.’ (Psalm 139:10) God’s presence enables the Christian to face tomorrow with complete confidence.
Life holds no surprises for God. No path is unknown to him, no circumstances are unsettling. Because the future is perfectly clear to our Father, Christians have the full assurance that we can follow him wherever he leads, whether the way ahead has a storm coming or a period of calm.
We can confidently put our hand in God’s, for he forgives our past, controls our present and holds our future. There is no safer place than to be held securely by him.
Father, as we walk through life may we do so hand-in-hand with you as you guide us and hold us safe. We commit our lives, our country and this world into your hands now and forever.
Have a good week holding God’s hand.