Excerpt from Our Daily Guide 2012
“Let your hand become my help.” Psalms 119:173. At one time, I was fishing with some friends and waded into a current that was too strong for my old legs. I should have known better; it’s a well-known fact that you can wade into flows that you can’t back out of.
I go that panicky feeling that you get when you realize you’re in deep trouble. One more step and I would have been swept away.
I did the only thing I could think of: I called out to a friend nearby who is younger and stronger than I. Give me a hand I shouted. My friend waded into the current, reached out his strong hand and pulled me into quiet water.
As I read Psalms 119:173 I thought of that day on the stream and other days I have ‘waded’ into difficult situations, overestimating my feeble abilities and putting myself and loved ones in jeopardy. Perharps you find yourself in that place today.
There is help nearby, a friend much stronger that you or your neighbor…one whose hand can hold us (Psalms 139:10). The psalmist also says of Him, “You have a mighty arm; strong in Your hand” (89:13). You can call out to God: “Give me a hand!” and He will be at your side.
When adversity strikes us, God is ready to strengthen us.