Recently I was feeling overwhelmed by a struggle that’s felt like its gone on for such a long time. I was wondering how long I could continue ‘holding on’ to God, thinking that ‘holding on’ seems to have been the key to a wonderful work of God that we saw in Jacob’s wrestling in the Genesis 32 story.
But then I felt the Lord whisper some great encouragement to my heart through Psalm 139:7-10:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.
This says it all! His Hand holds me, more than I hold on to Him. And wherever life’s journey takes me, even into what feels like hell (Sheol), His Spirit is close to me. If I feel like I’m in a remote and lonely place, far from the rich joy of fellowship and success, I still have the guiding Hand of God and His Presence. And that’s what really counts. That’s what my soul really needs.
You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Because you are God’s child, He surrounds you with His care. His Hand rests on your life. Let’s your heart be filled with encouragement as you meditate on this amazing truth.