HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:2-3)
My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.(John 10:27-30)
Both scriptures comfort me, knowing that I belong to Christ. Nothing can take me out of His hands. This made me think of the second verse from the hymn, “Like a River Glorious.” It goes like this:
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
Nothing can take away my peace and joy when I am hidden with Christ in God. Yes, there may be trials, sicknesses, verbal or physical attacks, or any number of unfortunate events. Yet none of these will ultimately crush me. Why? I abide in Christ, and He is my refuge.
This doesn’t mean I won’t ever have fear or lack courage, but it does mean that God will give me the strength I need to face whatever comes. I know that He is working out His will in my life through the good and the bad.
Enjoy this arrangement of “Like a River Glorious.”