DAY 17: Arm in Arm with Jesus

by Rev Campbell Markham, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Hobart Presbyterian Church

We can lean on Jesus with our full weight and he will show us the way and he will see us through.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight”
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Two people arm in arm.  Of all the ways that human beings can express affection, this one seems unfailingly delightful.  It brings people closer than holding hands.  Unlike the kiss, it doesn’t exclude others.  Unlike an embrace, it doesn’t prevent you walking along together.

A father and daughter process arm in arm on wedding day.  Two students, backpacks bouncing up and down, skip arm in arm to school.  Comrades-in-arms march arm in arm on ANZAC Day, with grim smiles and misty eyes. Two friends walk briskly, arm in arm, to find mutual warmth on a frosty morning.

Two people arm in arm are going somewhere. They are going somewhere together. They are helping each other on the way.

That is what I want with Jesus, to walk through life arm in arm with him.  I want to go in the same direction as him.  I want to feel his love.  I want his strength to hold me up and keep me going.

Proverbs 3:5-6 shows us how to do that:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.”

The word “trust,” (Hebrew bātach) means ‘to have faith in’, ‘to believe’, ‘to rely, depend, and count on’. Compare Psalm 22:9, “You brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.”  Is there any more beautiful and compelling picture of trust than an infant lying against her mother’s breast, feeding with languid tranquillity and satisfaction? Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Rest entirely on him.

“Lean not on your own understanding” strengthens this.  I remember when my daughters turned three. At this advanced stage of maturity and understanding they no longer wanted me to put their shoes and jumpers on.  “I do it!” was their battle-cry.

Jesus says, “Don’t walk through life alone. Don’t be self-reliant.  Don’t ultimately depend on your own muscle-power, experience, brains, and knowledge. Walk arm in arm with me.  Rely on my strength, my wisdom, my knowledge, my promises, and my love.”

“In all your ways acknowledge him.” The word “acknowledge” translates the Hebrew yāda, ‘to experience’, ‘to know intimately’, ‘to be in close relationship with’. Thus “Adam knew Eve his wife, and she became pregnant” (Genesis 4:1). Proverbs 3:5-6 means, “Keep close! Walk arm in arm with Jesus wherever you go, and he will make your paths straight.” He will take you in exactly the right direction.

Exactly one hundred years ago World War One was drawing to its final ghastly end.  We’ve all seen the haunting photos of the walking-wounded, survivors of gas attacks.  The soldiers’ eyes are rough-bandaged, and they stagger as they struggle to breathe.  They lean heavily on their more able-bodied compatriots.  They had to lean.  They could not move without leaning.

Jesus commands us to lean on him. For by sins noxious fumes our eyes are blinded, and our strength is shattered.

When I became a Christian, a friend criticised me: “Jesus is just your crutch.”  The longer I live, the more this seems true to me!  Jesus is my crutch, my support, my “hope and stay.”  In fact, he is my life-support. I cannot survive a moment without him.

Dearest Lord Jesus, I trust in you with all my heart. I repent of leaning on my own understanding. I want to walk arm in arm with you. I know that you will take me down the best and hardest path and will carry me to the end. Thank you. Amen.

Watch Is Jesus Just a Crutch?


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About the Author:

Warwick Marsh has been married to Alison Marsh since 1975 and they have five children and nine grandchildren; he and his wife live in Wollongong in NSW, Australia. He is a family & faith advocate, social reformer, musician, TV producer, writer and public speaker. Warwick is a leader in the Men’s and Family Movement, and he is well known in Australia for his advocacy for children, marriage, manhood, family, fatherhood and faith. Warwick is passionate to encourage men to be great fathers and to know the greatest Father of all, the Father in whom “there is no shadow of turning.” He also blogs at Just a Man.

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