Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 3, 2018

“You have taken hold of my right hand.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 6:53-56.

“When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.  When they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to the place they heard He was.  Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak;  and as many as touched it were being cured.”  Mark 6:53-56.

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As we consider the people at Gennesaret in today’s Scripture who ran about that whole country to lay their sick in Jesus’ path, and as many as touched the fringe of His cloak were being cured, we may dream of touching Jesus.

But, the story of the centurion reminds us that we do not even need to touch Jesus;  the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”  “And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go;  it shall be done for you as you have believed.”  And the servant was healed that very moment.”  See Matthew 8:5-13.

“Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11.

“But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  James 1:6-8.

Reformed Doctrine helps us ask in faith without any doubting by reminding us that “He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.”

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

And, Reformed Doctrine reminds us, so to speak, that God does not only touch us, He holds us!

Other doctrine is like a child facing a busy street hoping that he is wise and strong enough to hold on to his father’s hand.

But, Reformed Doctrine is like the father who will never let go of the hand of his child. 

“23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me to glory.”  Psalm 73:23-24.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  John 10:27-29.


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