Updated: Apr 3, 2020
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 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. (John 10:27-29 ESV)
Sheep are dumb. I imagine most of us know this. They will literally follow each other off a cliff, are vulnerable and unable to defend themselves, and need to be led and looked after. We are sheep. And we have a good shepherd, the greatest shepherd. Even though we can be tempted to follow worldly wisdom, are vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy, and when left to our own can fall prey to a multitude of sins, we are never out of the grasp of the Father's hand if we are truly his.
Nothing can take us away from our shepherd. Fear and anxiety may cause us to question our security. Lies from the enemy may cause us to wonder about God's goodness or his purpose. Circumstances may seem to tell us that the world is truly ending. But, we have the fullest assurance that can be had in this life, even in the midst of turmoil. So many things in life can so quickly and easily be snatched from us. I think we have seen that a lot in recent days. We truly have no control. Jobs can come and go. Peace and security in this world can seemingly be blown away like the wind. Health can be upended by an invisible virus. The things of this world can be snatched from us at any moment.
And yet, we have a God who promises us the richest treasure, eternal life. Something that no one and nothing can take from us, because it is not first dependent upon us. God holds our eternity in his hands, and no one can snatch us away from him. We are quick to be shaky, to follow others off cliffs if you will, but we have an immovable God who is faithful to keep him promises and hold fast those are his. Let us always place our hope in that truth.