In good hands.

Here’s a little illustration I used in this week’s sermon:

Imagine, for a moment, you’re taken hostage somewhere.  A worrying ordeal, no doubt.  But imagine if, during this crisis, you heard that the SAS were on their way to rescue you (For you non-UK dwellers, the SAS are the UK’s, and the world’s, finest Special Forces).  So, despite your difficult situation, you have the reassurance of knowing that the best of the best are on their way.  You can rest in the knowledge that you’re in good hands.

Now imagine, you hear that actually the SAS have been unavoidably delayed, but the good news is that the local cub scout group are on their way to free you.  Suddenly, the reassurance you felt evaporates.  Sure, they’re a great bunch of kids, but they’re not the best people to deal with a hostage situation.

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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Does Jesus promise us an easy ride?  Does He promise that all our problems with vanish?  No.

But He promises to walk with us through anything and everything we struggle through.  He promises that, ultimately, He will rescue us from the sin that has taken us hostage.  He promises us the rest that comes with knowing Him.  It’s not a rest that is to do with where we are or what we’re doing, it’s a rest that comes from knowing who we’re with and where we’re going.  He promises to hold us in His hands through every and any circumstance.  And when we’re in God’s hands, we’re in good hands.

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