For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 NIV
A dog who gives you their paw, is a dog that trusts you. Most dogs will lift their paw for you to continue petting them or to gain your attention but to let you hold and stroke their paw requires trust. Your pet feels totally relaxed and secure in your presence.
Isaiah tells us that God takes hold of our hand and comforts us and calms our fears. It requires trust in God to let him hold us by the hand. We have confidence in His ability to take care of us and we feel secure in His presence.
When God has us by the hand, He can lead and guide us. Our trust is in a mighty God who knows what is best for us and will never leave us or forsake us. John 10:28 states, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” God protects us. We can fully rely on Him.
There is a song from the 70’s called Put Your Hand in the Hand. It encourages us to place our hands in Jesus’ hand. It tells of his great deeds such as calming the sea and cleansing the temple. When you consider the greatness of God, it is easy to trust him with your life. He died for you so that we might be able to come close to him in faith believing.
The Disney movie Aladdin has a scene where Aladdin is reaching his outstretched hand to Jasmine. He wants her to join him for a magic carpet ride. She hesitates and Aladdin asks, “Don’t you trust me?” Jasmine joins Aladdin for the ride of her life introducing the song I Can Show You the World.
Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” We give God our hearts at salvation. Doesn’t it make sense to reach out in trust and hold on to God’s unchanging hand?
God is faithful and true. He is waiting with outstretched hand asking if you trust him. Put your hand in His and hang on for the ride of your life.