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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Old truck in Death Valley
Old truck we saw this fall in Death Valley
It's been there a while! (see this Google map street view)

"In Good Hands"

Message summary: You're in good hands with God!

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"Behold, the Lordís hand is not so short that it cannot save" (Isaiah 59:1).

Yesterday I called the Lancaster Orthopedic Group (abbreviated LOG) to see if I could move an appointment up due to my intense knee pain. It's a large practice with several locations in Lancaster County so I had to wait for a scheduler and listened to the announcement loop as I waited.

They use a slogan to the effect, "When you place your trust in the Lancaster Orthopedic Group you can be sure you are in good hands". Of course, as a Christian believer, when the loop kept repeating in my ear my mind changed the words to, "When you place your trust in God you can be sure you are in good hands". Do you suppose I am original?!

Knee braceI did manage to reschedule my appointment to yesterday morning and had both a knee aspiration and steroid shot which has really alleviated the pain. Now I am wearing a knee immobilizer for an unspecified period of time as well so for now I guess I am good to go.

For many years (I recall since I was a child) the Allstate Insurance Company has advertised with a slogan, "You're in good hands with Allstate." They also had a series of ads that end with the question, "Can you afford not to be in good hands?"

Now that's a good question to consider, not just for the quality of your orthopedic care or the kind of insurance you might purchase, but more so in regard to whom we entrust our spiritual and eternal destiny. Our first daily text states, "Behold, the Lordís hand is not so short that it cannot save." What peace that verse provides regarding anything we might be dealing with today.

We often use music in supplementing our messages and considered the theme of God's hands. I came across a song by The Browders, a lesser known group that we feel will really bless our readers. It's titled "Youíre Not In This Alone".

It begins:

Right now it seems like the world is against you and maybe it is
And right now you feel like your heart is in pieces and maybe it is
You think youíve walked every mile you can walk and you donít have the will to survive
You have exhausted each ounce of your strength so why even try

Immediately a friend came to mind who is going through a very protracted trial. Then I considered so many others, including some reading this message. We have a reminder.

Let me remind you Jesus is for you. Heís right for everything thatís wrong
Iím here to tell you that He will not leave you. He never abandons His own
Even though you may not see it right now; youíre not in this alone

Indeed you're in good hands with God!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, Your hand is not shortened that You cannot save to the uttermost. Your ear is not deaf that You cannot hear the cries of Your people. Instead Your mercies are new every morning and Your faithfulness is spread to the four corners of the earth. It is also evident in my life and in those whom I love and care for. When I placed my trust in You I found myself in good hands, for in Your great mercy You gave me new birth into a living hope that will never perish, spoil or fade which is kept in heaven for me. On Your appointed day I will see the fulfillment of the inheritance that awaits me in heaven. Thank You, loving Father, that I am in good hands! Amen.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you"  (1 Peter 1:3,4).

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"You're Not In This Alone"  Video  The Browders This song was featured on the Gospel Greats as among those in the top ten countdown for southern gospel music of 2019. It has an excellent message that will comfort the loneliest of hearts and encourage those whose strength is exhausted.

"Put It into God's Hands"  Video  The Browders

"In God's Hands"  Video  The Rochesters

"Put It in God's Hands"  Video  Keen Mountain Boys

"Yes I Will"  Video  Calvary Church worship team from our service this last Sunday.

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