Words of Faith 12-8-16
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2016
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  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.  I and the Father are one."
This text sent me thinking. What is the most “secure” feeling or place I can remember?
That will differ for all of us. For me it was a childhood memory. Friday nights snuggled into bed after an evening of playing board games, eating home-popped popcorn (years before the microwave stuff) and watching TV. We would finally head off to bed with the thought that there was no school in the morning. It was blissful. Did I feel safe? Of course. The thought of “danger” never even crossed my little mind. There was no sense of danger or even the thought that anything could snatch us away in the night.
I also remember clearly the night that a tornado came through our neighborhood and ripped right past our bedroom window. In the middle of that same blissful slumber my dad shouted, “Hit the deck!” (old Navy lingo I suppose) and we rolled out of our bunk beds onto the floor.
We were not snatched away like Dorothy and Toto, but it was a scary few minutes as the roaring of the tornado ripped off the next door neighbor’s roof and dropped it behind our house. Yet even in such a maelstrom we still felt “secure” because we listened to dad and huddled on the floor through the storm.
How wonderful it is that we have a secure place with the Great Shepherd that is beyond even the best childhood memory. Unfortunately, many of us have only memories of insecurity, hurt and hunger.
Yet for every one of us, the Good Shepherd gives this promise, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 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. I and the Father are one."
We have a heavenly Father who is protecting us. He is greater than all. Wow. We have a Good Shepherd who is watching over and guiding us. No matter the insecurities of the past, we are now part of His flock.
We may face difficulties, hardships and even tribulations in this life, but no one can snatch us out of the hand of God. What a remarkable place of security! Child of God, you are in the palm of His hand!
Father I give thanks for the security that only You can provide. I rejoice in knowing that You have me safely secured for eternity and You are ready for the difficulties that will come today. Thank You Great Shepherd. Thank You loving Father. In Jesus’ name.
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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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