After many years of careful driving my dear wife had her first accident with our car. She called me and I arrived at the scene and we exchanged insurance information and answered some questions. After an exhausting experience we finally arrived at home and called our insurance company. The voice at the other end of the line was so assuring to my wife. They walked her through the whole process of getting our car repaired and continually asked her how she was feeling. They were most concerned with her well-being and constantly offered words of encouragement. Our insurance company uses the phrase: “You’re in good hands…” We learned through that experience that it was more than a slogan.
Have ever thought of the times that the Bible tells us that our lives are in God’s hands? God has stretched out the heavens with His hands (Isa. 45:12). He has made us and fashioned us with His hands (Ps. 119:73). He guided His children by the skillfulness of His hands (Ps. 78:72). In a storm Peter had the faith to walk on the water towards Jesus but took his eyes off the Lord and began to sink. Jesus stretched out His hand and rescued Peter. We are also told that the Lord Jesus asked Thomas to touch His nail-pierced hands to assure himself that He had indeed risen from the dead. Our Lord comforts us with the wonderful words found in John 10:28,29: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone 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 My Father's hand”.
We are fashioned by His hands, we are guided by His hands, we are comforted by His hands, and we are saved by His nail-pierced hands. There are even times when we are lovingly disciplined by those hands. I am so glad that at any time I can boldly make my claim to my Lord. Because I am in good hands with Jesus.
God has designed certain of His creatures with unique abilities. Certain species of chameleons have the ability to change colors. Scientists feel that the color change is a result of the effect of outside temperatures. Their ability to blend in to their surroundings is conjectured to be only a secondary reason for the color change. For whatever reason it is a wonderful phenomenon that God has designed into this odd looking creature.
When a chameleon changes colors he is doing what comes natural. However, God’s people should resist the temptation to blend into their surroundings. We are faced every day with pressures from the world around us to go with the flow. We are told to conform in our ways of thinking, to get with the program, and to go along with the majority. When we look at the life of Jesus we find that our Lord didn’t fit into the mold that everyone had for Him. He was so different that they ended up crucifying Him. We who are His followers should not be afraid to stand for His cause, model His lifestyle, and live His teachings. J.B. Phillips version of Romans 12:2 gives us this challenge: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity”. The world exerts all kinds of pressure to force us to adopt its way of thinking. It lures us into a morally bankrupt way of living. The world also entices us to place our values and priorities on things that are worthless.
There are too many chameleon Christians around who are trying to blend into their surroundings. God has called us to stand up and speak out for Him and not be ashamed to identify with the cause of Jesus Christ. Stop being a chameleon, let your true colors shine through.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation