I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. - John 10:28 ESV
That verse is like a treasure box full of incredible love! The promised assurance and safety coming from the mouth of Jesus grip my heart every time I read it! And it’s these specific words that have really struck me: “no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Jesus is saying that we are so secure in His hands that nothing can loosen His grip.
As a parent myself, that’s an element of the Father-heart of God I can really resonate with. For example, when I’m with my son in a crowd of hundreds of people I will tell him, “Honey, I need you to hold my hand.” Or, when I’m walking through the neighborhood with my daughter and see a big dog up ahead, I pick up my girl and tell her, “Daddy needs to hold you.” Every parent knows exactly what I’m talking about. It’s that natural instinct (like a momma bear) saying, “Nobody is going to hurt my little cubs and over my dead body is someone going to harm my babies!”
In an even more powerful and divine way, this is Jesus’ heart when He passionately proclaims, “No one will snatch them out of my hand.” Jesus’ promise to protect us is driven by the incredible love He has for us. There is no one and nothing strong enough to ever break God’s grip on us. It doesn’t matter what troubles or temptations are ahead, what burdens or trials are in this life. It doesn’t matter what lies the world and the devil scream at us. We are in His grip—eternally safe in the hands of God.
Oh, how I hope that thought fills you with gratitude and love for Him! I have a challenge for you today: Go outside and take a minute to admire all of the blooming flowers and trees. Then take some time to meditate and respond to this truth: the God who creates and sustains everything you see is the same God who grips you tightly in His hand. WOW!
Bryan D. Edwards
The Rock Church
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