Is your faith waning today? Do you feel as if you are losing your grip on the incredible promises of His Word? Are you thinking that you must certainly be lost because your faith has once again fallen to sin? Then learn one more time to give up your prideful desire to be the one who saves and keeps.
As a child, I would walk in the fields behind our house with my father. The ground under our feet was uneven, and sometimes the weeds were high. Inevitably, I would fall. When I was back on my feet, Dad would offer me his hand. The struggle for autonomy begins early in our lives, so I was already battling for independence. Thus, I would stubbornly move forward in my own strength. After several falls that resulted in multiple abrasions, Dad would reach down and forcibly take my hand. A marvelous thing happened: I would no longer fall to the ground. Oh, I still tripped or stumbled, but then my feet would dangle in the air as his strong arm and hand held me aloft.
In John 10:28–29, Jesus states plainly that we are held by His hands and the hands of the Father. He says:
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
We have a proclivity as young Christians to develop doctrines of salvation that are man-centered.