And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people."
I love it when God gives me a song out of the blue and just plays it in my mind over and over. Sometimes, I am not even aware that it is happening but when I do, I start taking it seriously wondering what God is trying to say to me. And usually, He is trying to tell me something.
That was the case with the song I am going to highlight today, “Be Alright” sung by Evan Craft, Danny Gokey and Redimi2. It was playing over and over in my mind and I finally decided to pull it up on YouTube. I had heard it on the radio many times before and it had caught my attention even then. Of course, the entire song, in my opinion, is so beautifully put together – the mellow voices, the music and of course the lyrics. Because I have a love for foreign languages the combination of Spanish and English in this song really speaks to me.
From start to finish the song resonates with hope. I am drawn by the words:
The whole world’s in His hands
Your whole world’s in His hands
When I realised that in the second line “the whole world’s...” changes to “your whole world’s...” that resonated with me. It was no longer a general statement. It became personal. My whole world, everything about me, my hopes, my dreams, my fears, my doubts, my challenges, my distresses, my joys, my triumphs ... everything is in His hands. And because I belong to Him because His Spirit dwells in me, I am covered! Too many times, the things we know, we tend to take for granted and need to be reminded of them ever so often. God knows exactly how to do that! As His child, you are His. You belong to Him and He is obligated to take care of you; He is obligated to look out for you; He is obligated to fulfil His promises to you. We are the ones who doubt and fret and fuss when things don’t seem to be going our way, but the reality is that God’s got us covered.
Every detail of our lives is in His care and He is not going to let anything slip out of His grasp. His hold on us is STRONG ... it’s our hold that is weak so many times especially when trials and tests come. We begin to doubt, to worry and while we are doubting and worrying, we are loosening our hold. We start shifting our focus and like Peter walking on the water towards Jesus, we start to sink and become covered and overwhelmed by what’s troubling us. But, like Peter, if we would just cry out to Him, call out to Him, He will reach out like He did to Peter and pull us to safety (Matthew 14:28-31). It may not happen as quickly as we would like. It certainly may not happen the way we would like it to, but it will happen. Our God never fails.
The interesting thing about the story of Peter walking on water is that he had to, by faith, come out of the comfort and safety of the boat, something solid he could stand on, and walk on something that was not solid at all. Yet, he had enough faith initially to trust Jesus and when he did, he was fine. Unfortunately, once his focus shifted, fear and doubt stepped in and he began to sink. Just like Peter our faith will always be tested. It is nice to have faith and to feel confident. The challenge is staying in faith. Like Peter, our focus shifts back and forth so that one minute we feel safe and secure and the next we don’t. But isn’t it good to know that God’s hold on us is strong? When Peter cried out to Jesus to save him, “Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him...” Even though we may vacillate between fear and faith, God’s hold on us is able to keep us from sinking. If only we could truly understand and believe that. God never sinks, but when we do, He is strong enough to keep us from perishing.
I have had to be reminded of this often enough in my own life. It is easy to have faith when your eyes see things working out in a particular way. But, when things seem to be going contrary, it is also easy for fear to step in. I have had to learn to trust God’s ability to take care of me. No, it’s not easy, but I am learning. It also gives me a sense of freedom to simply rest confidently in His care knowing that He sees, He knows, and He is working even when I can’t see it.
God truly has your whole world in His very strong, capable hands. Letting you slip out of His grasp is not an option for Him. He is quite able to keep you safe and secure. His job is to hold you and keep you safe. Your job is to trust that He can and will and to keep your focus fixed on Him. Problems are inevitable, but God’s hold on you is solid and secure!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do so now. Life’s trials are unavoidable but when God has a hold on you, nothing and no one can take you out of the safety and strength of His strong, capable hands.
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