They died holding hands. After sixty-two years of marriage, this couple fell ill at the same time and were placed in a nursing home. The staff pushed their beds together as he wanted to hold her hand. Hand-holding began their life together and ended it. He died while still grasping her hand. She held on to life and his hand for another ninety minutes before dying as well. How beautiful is this expression of love! Holding hands can give courage, help and support.
Today’s verse is a beautiful assurance of God’s power and control. The hand of God is a place of salvation, refuge and protection. It is also a hand of healing and deliverance. By taking our hand He assures us of His help. His hand takes our right hand but not our left. That is because the right hand is the one in Scripture that is used in battle. He hold us by the right hand so that we allow Him to fight our battles!
I need Him to do the fighting. My hands are weak and my grip is loose with discouragement on that “sword of the Spirit,” which is God’s Word (Eph. 6:17). But He promises His help. He takes a hold of my right hand and infuses me with strength and courage. His help means that my enemies will be “as nothing.” (verse 11-12). That impossible relationship that looms so large is no problem for Him. He is in the business of righting wrongs and changing hearts. He has my back and has promised to always be with me (Psalm 73:23).
Thank you Lord, for the warmth and comfort of Your hand holding mine.