• Sue Cramer

If you hold on for dear life…

I meet with 3 other gals every Friday for Bible study. The thing I love about it so much is that we take a study for a springboard and then we all discuss how it’s playing out in our lives. The discussions often take us in a direction I never imagined, but it always ministers to our hearts.

Yesterday the subject of fear came up. We talked about Phil. 4:6-7 and what a comfort it is. In fact one of the gals used this as her “life verse” and wrote it on her mirror as a reminder every day.

Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NIV

Such good news…bring it to God! There is nothing like His peace.

Then we talked about Psalms 91. This one has been a lifeline for me in times of worry and fear. I used to struggle with fear about my children. I was tormented with thoughts of them being hurt. But learning this verse and choosing to believe it…set me free.

The whole verse is powerful, but here is a short portion from the Message Bible.

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in You and I’m safe!” That’s right—He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; His arms fend off all harm.

And I love the ending of Psalms 91:

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”

I love that! If you hold on for dear life…

I love the picture that paints. Of someone that recognizes that nothing and no one else is a reliable source of safety. He is the One we hold on to for dear life.

Now imagine someone…holding on for dear life to a bottle or drug, or their money, or even another person…there’s no security in that.

We were created to hold on to Him.

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