Wednesday, Feb. 3
“Jesus is holding my hand; I’m not holding His.”—Doug Burch. The difference is obvious. If we hang on to Him, we can lose our grip. If He is holding our hand, we are safe and secure. Nothing can separate us (Rom. 8:35-39). Later in the sermon, Doug said that we need to hang on to Christ, which didn’t seem to fit what he said earlier. I don’t think Doug was aware of the conflict or the need to explain it. But I think both statements are true. John Piper touches on this issue in his video “The Pursuit of God in Corporate Worship.” He says that as rebels, God pursues us. (I’m reminded of “The Hound of Heaven.”) After salvation we are to pursue God. We are told to “seek and find” (Mt. 7:7-8). Phil 2:1-5 teaches that we need to become like Christ. Heb. 12:2 says that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. All of that implies holding on to God. But even our pursuit of God is energized by God and carried out by the Holy Spirit. So He holds our hand and we hold his. What I like about this is that it’s a mutual love affair. There’s a precious bond here. A father holding his child’s hand is thrilled when he recognizes that his child is entrusting himself to his dad and is content and happy to do so. Yes, we are the recipient of God’s love. But John Piper is right when he says that God is delighted because we love him. He is delighted because we are delighted with Him. I’m probably meddling here, but how delighted are you with God? And how do you show it?