PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND…

Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
 
1 Peter 2 follow
Weird flashback. The song going around in my mind this morning is a very old tune sung by our youth group in the seventies. It was written just after “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beetles. Looking for love, was the theme of the day. But this song came to mind as I read our next passage in Peter. Do any of you remember, “Put Your Hand in the Hand”?
 
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself
And you can look at others differently
Put your hand in the hand of the man
From Galilee
 
My momma taught me how to pray
Before I reached the age of seven
When I’m down on my knees
That’s when I’m closest to heaven
Daddy lived his life, two kids and a wife
Well you do what you must do
But he showed me enough of what it takes
To get me through, oh yeh!
 
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself
And you can look at others differently
Put your hand in the hand of the man
From Galilee
Oh yeh!
 
Chorus repeats…(forever or until you get tired of strumming your guitar around the campfire.)
 
Songwriters: Gene Mac Lellan
Artist: Anne Murray
Album: Honey, Wheat and Laughter
Released: 1970
Nominations: Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year
 
What I remember…This song, a “pop” song was almost blasphemy to sing in the full worship service with “grownups” but it was aloud to be sung at camp or in youth group. Oh my, what silly things our parents thought back then. This, now a bit boring and repetitive song, was sung sometimes just to annoy anyone over the age of 25. It was written in the time of the “Jesus movement”…youth searching for truth and not satisfied with the status quo of the day. The song was not earth shattering but did stir our thoughts about the difference in “doing church” and “being the church”.
 
I am thinking…what’s changed in the searching and grappling for what is right and good for the soul to the world at large? Many are still searching for the Truth. Many are still trying to live the Truth in changing times with each generation more accepting of what is not good for us in God’s eyes.
 
I think about all this and give credit to our parents whose initial thoughts were to protect us, to be vigilant and alert, keeping their guard up against evil that seeks to look like Christ but isn’t. Evil, that is ready to pounce on unsuspecting, weak and venerable people without God as well as Christians who should know to seek God first. Always remember. Greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world.
 
Peter tells us God will have the last word. Peter finishes his first letter to Christians with “Stay alert!” “Keep a cool head”. “I have written as urgently and accurately as I know how. This is God’s generous truth; embrace it with both arms!”
 
1 Peter 5, The Message
Part Two
 
1 Peter 5 last wordHe Gets the Last Word
 
8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
 
12 I’m sending this brief letter to you by Silas, a most dependable brother. I have the highest regard for him.
 
I’ve written as urgently and accurately as I know how. This is God’s generous truth; embrace it with both arms!
 
13-14 The church in exile here with me—but not for a moment forgotten by God—wants to be remembered to you. Mark, who is like a son to me, says hello. Give holy embraces all around! Peace to you—to all who walk in Christ’s ways.
 
1 Peter 5 God led
SO, put your hand in hand of the Man who is God’s Son, who died and rose again to set us free to love Him back. May His Holy Spirit guide and direct, challenge and convict, comfort and bless us today. Stay alert…pray for discernment in all things. Our hope is in Jesus Christ!
In Jesus Name, Amen
 

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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