by Andrew Cartwright
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close”. –Psalm 27:10
In the story of the hot air balloon that was being tethered to its mooring ropes, the ground crew were struggling to secure it as a strong wind was blowing. The balloon broke free and began drifting over the countryside, with some men still desperately clinging to the ropes. One by one, they could hold on no longer and fell to the ground. But when the rescue team eventually caught up with the airship as it lost height and landed on a slope, they discovered one man had managed to hold onto a rope for the entire journey. The rescuers were amazed and asked him how he had managed to hold on when others let go. “That’s simple,” he said, “I didn’t try to hold on! I wrapped the rope around me and let it hold me instead!”
Sometimes in our lives, when the “wind of affliction” is blowing strong, our strength is insufficient and we can hold on no longer. That’s when we need to let go of our striving and trying to do things in our own strength. It’s in these times that we realise we have a Father in heaven Who is holding us and we can completely rely on His strength. There’s no storm strong enough to wrench us from God’s grasp!
The scriptures make it clear – Your loving Father will never let you go. God is holding you. John Chapter 6 verse 37 records the words of Jesus, “Every person the Father has given me eventually comes running to Me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go“. The bottom line is, no matter the circumstances, God will never leave you or forsake you (2 Cor 6:18). He is holding you and will never let go!
Prayer: Thank you Father that your word in Hebrews 13 verse 5 declares that You are holding me and will not in any way relax Your grip on me. Thank you I’m safe in your arms forever!
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