WE DON’T NEED TO UNDERSTAND, JUST HOLD HIS HAND

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WE DON’T NEED TO UNDERSTAND, WE JUST NEED TO HOLD HIS HAND

As a boy, I was mesmerized by the movie version of The Sound of Music. I don’t know what it was, but I could stay glued to the television and watch the movie on video again and again; and I would always smile when I heard, ‘The hills are alive, with the sound of music’.

But beloved, for us who are the beloved children of God, even and especially when we are in our valley of trouble, our valley of death, we can take heart because the hills are not only alive with the sound of music, the hills are alive, resounding praise to the deliverance from our Father, as the Psalmist says,

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

Indeed our Father is faithful and if we are ever in trouble,

“In my distress I cried to the Lord,
And He heard me.” Psalm 120:1

There is no delay. There is no interference. There is no bad connection, He just hears us. And because He hears us,

“He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:3-4 [AMPC]
Nothing can move you from your righteous position in our Father. Nothing can move you from the safety that is His care. Nothing can make you slip up or foul up your life; because, our Father, who is watching over you, neither sleeps nor slumbers.

Our Father will also ensure that in areas you overlooked, He watches over; places you neglected to guard against, He protects, because

“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand [the side not carrying a shield].” Psalm 121:5 [AMPC]

In fact, so comprehensive is His protection that,

“The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:6 [AMPC]

And how long does His protection last?

“The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 [AMPC]

Yet, as comforting as this may sound, David tells us that not only does our help come from the mountain,

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

Indeed, our Father is an omnipresent God. He is with us everywhere. But though we may know this in our heads, the omnipresence of our Father is a concept that is difficult to get our minds around. After all, there is no matter known to man that is omnipresent. So to borrow the words of Jimmy Swaggart,

“I don’t need to understand
I just need to hold His hand.”

And this is why.

There was a time when Jesus was on the mountain and His disciples were in the valley.

“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:22-23

So He was up there, and they were down there.

“But the boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs [a furlong is one-eighth of a mile] distant from the land, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them.” Matthew 14:24 [AMPC]

They found themselves many miles out to sea, storm raging, waves beating and tossing and wind blowing against them; and this is not an unfamiliar feeling for us too. God is up there, we are down here, getting beaten and tossed by the waves of our circumstance and everything is coming against us. Yet, in the midst of the storm, when the wind and waves were having a field day,

“…Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.” Matthew 14:25 [AMPC]

How did He know they were caught in the storm? After all, He was miles away from them. Some may say it was because He was on the hill and He had a good vantage point. Well, if that is what you believe, Jesus’ vantage point now is even better because,

“So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19 [AMPC]

So all the more He should have an even better vantage point of your situation right now, isn’t it? But you think that this makes Him even further from you, because at least in the case of His disciples, He was on the same planet; but now, who knows where Heaven is? Well, that is true. Yet it doesn’t change the fact that when His disciples needed Him, He was there. So since, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” (Hebrews 13:8), He will be there for us when we need Him. And that is why, we don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand.

When you watch your favorite team play, you know if they are going to win or lose, even before the match starts. If they have been strong, you know they have a good chance of winning. If they have not been performing so well, you know they are going to have a tough match.

So why is it that faith in our Father can sometimes be so difficult? Never mind that the Bible is replete with His successes and there is no record of Him ever losing; has He ever let you down before? Sure, you might have lost a loved one. You might even have lost your family. But in the midst of all your loss, was everything lost?

Also, remember beloved, that in so far as you are our Father’s creation and responsibility, and He has plans uniquely just for you; so too are your loved ones His responsibility and He has His own unique plans for them.

“Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles?” Isaiah 45:9 [AMPC]

“Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn’t talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, “Why did you shape me like this?” Isn’t it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans?” Romans 9:20-22 [MSG]

We may never understand the ways of our Father for indeed,

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”” Isaiah 55:8-9

Yet we never need to because He has said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

And Jesus said,

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

And since “God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]

In fact, “…in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.
This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].
[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,
Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:17-20 [AMPC]
Or simply put,

“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20 [MSG]

Beloved, in the words of Jimmy Swaggart,

“Life is like a mighty sea
So tossed and driven.
Billows rise within the heart of every man
Storms so many times will
Leave the heart with questions
But I don’t need to understand
Just hold His hand.”

Because,

“When my life down here is through
And Jesus calls me
To my home up there, beyond the golden shore.
I’ll look back, review the path
That lay before me.
Then I won’t need to understand anymore.”

So for now,

“I don’t need to understand
I just need to hold His hand
I don’t ever need to ask the reason, why
For I know He’ll make a way
Through the night and through the day
I don’t need to understand
I just need to hold His hand.”

Look up and know that not only is Jesus on the mountain, He is with you in your valley. And when He is in your boat, just like when Jesus and Peter got into the boat,

“And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:32 [AMPC]

Don’t try and understand your situation. Just remember that our Father loves you and is always looking out for your best interests and your storm will cease because He is in your boat with you.

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