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Who’s Hand Are You Holding?

Holding hands is a big deal when you start dating someone. Do you remember the first time you held hands with someone you liked? It could’ve been in elementary school or junior high but when it happened you remember it. It’s a physical sign of a feeling in the heart of affection and care for a person. It also gives the message to those around that you are together with that person and for them to back off. Yes, holding hands is a big deal and it’s a part of our culture especially in romantic relationships.

Holding hands is also a big part of parenting relationships. It speaks of care, love and protection for that child. For the child it speaks to being dependent on the parent and leaning on them for protection. This gives the child a sense of peace and safety as they walk along the street or walk through a mall and play at a park. So holding hands is more than we think and it’s big in our lives.

Whose hand are you holding?

When it comes to our faith, there is nothing like holding on to God‘s hand. It’s a spiritual declaration of trust and dependency on Him. It also speaks to letting Him lead and guide our lives, providing protection and direction as the genius that He is. However, we are often challenged to pull our hand away from His just like a child is challenged to do the same with his parents. The need for independence is very important for our development but sometimes this can hinder our growth in Jesus.

While you and I must develop and grow through independence, we must remember that we are at our best when we’re holding God’s Hand.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says,

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
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Notice, when we humble ourselves under His hand and hold His hand, He will promote us at the right time.

Most of the time when we want to pull away from God’s hand it’s because we’re trying to do something on our own. We’re trying to achieve a level of success that we think we can manage on our own. But that’s not true! When we are under God‘s hand and when we hold onto his hand, he is the one that will empower us and help us get to where he wants us to be.

God can do what we can’t do. He can maximize our ability and gifts so that we thrive in our lives. This is huge because notice in verse seven, “we can cast our cares on to him because he cares for us.” This speaks to every detail of our lives being covered by God‘s love. When you and I hold onto God’s hand He has the power to help navigate our anxieties, our stress and our worries. He has the ability to lift us out of our burdens and to free us from personal bondage. This is why it’s so important to answer the question, “Whose hand are you holding?”

I believe we have to remember that God wants the best for us and that he knows everything that we need. When we choose to overcome our resistance and hold onto his hand, I believe his promises will be fulfilled. They may not happen when we think, they may not happen when we want them to, but God will come through. It’s so important that we are holding on to God‘s hand because it’s easy to hold on to the wrong hand and to be let astray with false promises and fantasies that lead to destruction.

No matter how attractive another hand may be, God’s hand is faithful, true and steady. He’s the one we should cling to. I encourage us all to resist the fleeting fantasies of today and to grab onto His hand and not let go for anything.

God has good things for you, He has a plan for you and He will fulfill it all in your life. I pray you’re encouraged and that you would choose to hold on to God’s hand through anything you face, because He will always lead you through it.

Whose hand are you holding?

I pray it’s God’s because He’s for you in mighty ways. Have a great week and the best is yet to come,

PD



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