The scene is usually a cliff, a waterfall, a window ledge, or some other precipice – a fall from which would result in certain death. One person is over the precipice, kept from falling only by holding to the outstretched hand of another. Three things can happen to the one hanging over the edge; the grip is unintentionally broken due to a failure in strength, the grip is released intentionally due to malevolence, or the person is pulled to safety due to the strength of the rescuer.
One of the strongest images of the believer’s eternal security in Christ was painted by the Savior’s own words: “Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Too often, Christian’s feel that eternal security depends on their strength, their faithfulness, their perseverance – their ability to hold on to the Savior’s hand. The opposite is actually the truth: It is Christ’s strength, Christ’s faithfulness, Christ’s perseverance – Christ’s ability to hold on to the believer’s hand – that keeps the Christian eternally secure.
When you wonder if you have been faithful enough, hold out your hand – and picture it enveloped in the strong hand of Christ.
“Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?” C. S. Lewis
Commentary from the Pathways devotional, by David Jeremiah, June 6.