I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:28-29
The summer I was five years old, our family took a trip out west. The only thing I remember was the Cherry Peak Chairlift, a scenic ride through the mountains on a ski lift. My father was given firm instructions to hold on to me tightly. I’m sure my mother had visions of her little girl slipping under the bar and tumbling down into the deep ravine. I was scared and gripped the bar. My dad gripped me. He held me snug right against him the whole time. I was safe in his hands.
Once we put ourselves in our heavenly Father’s hands, we are secure. There is no power or force that can loosen the hold God has on us. The Apostle Paul said it like this: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height (Cherry Peak!) nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
The English translation of John 10:28 loses some of its punch when compared with the original language. In the Greek, there is a quadruple negative in that statement. Jesus actually said, “I give them eternal life and they shall never, no never, not ever perish.” That’s a promise that should give us great assurance.
The ride through life can be scary at times. Knowing with confidence that we are secure for eternity may help us relax enough to enjoy the scenery.
Lord, thank You for holding on to me and promising that You will never, no never, not ever, let me go. Help me to rest in Your hands and take in the beauty around me.