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Sundown Devotional: Who's Holding Your Hand?

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

As the sun sets on the workweek, Sundown Devotional brings friends together, away from the stressful workplace and hustle and bustle in the streets. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this New Year session, we focus on divine guidance. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged. Welcome!

Dark Path. (Photo Credit: kirahoffmann)

Dark Path. (Photo Credit: kirahoffmann)

The Devotional

Do not be afraid, for I am your God. . . I will hold on to you
with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 CSB)

During the 2013 Blackout in the Northeastern United States, my daughter worked in New York. When darkness suddenly engulfed the city, she was away from her desk chatting with a co-worker. They held hands and fumbled their way through the exit, without their personal belongings. They walked to the spot where the co-worker and her brother had prearranged to meet in the event of a catastrophe.

My daughter spent the night in a neighboring state, far away from home, without identification, without money or credit card, without a phone; but she was not afraid because she was with someone she trusted, someone who cared enough to hold her hand and guide her to safety.

God has not promised that the path through the New Year will be all bright and clear. There are forces of evil which continually try to darken our way with doubts and deceptions. Dangers, physical and spiritual, threaten at every bend in the road. Phantoms from our past occasionally blind our vision of God’s forgiveness and grace. Still, He tells us not to be afraid, but to trust His victorious right hand.

No situation takes Him by surprise. No territory is unfamiliar to Him. No hostile attack can overpower Him. No chance that He will get tired and loosen His grip. His hand is ready and able to rescue us from pitfalls and to guide us safely through 365 days and beyond. Can you think of anyone, instead of the Omnipotent God,whom you prefer to hold your hand?

Friends are not always available. Bosses seek the same wisdom and strength that we seek. We all need divine guidance. Through personal Bible study, through prayer and meditation, through the exercise of our faith, let God protect and guide us with His strong and loving hand, starting now.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray with thanksgiving for the benefit of Your victorious right hand to guide us safely through the year. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Seeking God's Guidance. (Photo credit: kalhh. Text added)

Seeking God's Guidance. (Photo credit: kalhh. Text added)

Six Prayers for Divine Guidance

Here is an opportunity to listen in on these six prayers for divine guidance. Feel free to add your “Amen.”

1. “Envelope me oh Lord envelope me
From the storms of life envelope me
That I may see your light as you envelope me
Through the thick and thin of life I beseech
Envelope me oh Lord, envelope me!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

2. “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace that rules my heart. I choose Your peace today and thank You for guiding my every step. I choose to be thankful today and bless You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus Name. Amen.” ― Joel Osteen

3. “Lord Supreme . . .
I cannot walk alone.
I need Your Protection-Light.
Give me the courage to trust the life
Of each unknown hour." ―Sri Chinmoy

4. “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank You for offering gentle grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” ― Kristine Brown

5. "I am lost if you take your hand from me,
I am blind without Thy light to see.
Lord just always to me thy servant be,
Lead me, oh Lord lead me."
―Doris Akers

6. “Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. . . Help me to come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. . . Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” ― Charles Stanley

Bible. (Photo Credit: John-Mark Smith)

Bible. (Photo Credit: John-Mark Smith)

Six More Quotes On Divine Guidance

  1. “Many say they can't get God's guidance, when they really mean they wish He would show them an easier way.”―Winkie Pratney
  2. “If with a humble heart you seek divine guidance in every trouble and perplexity, His word is pledged that a gracious answer will be given you. And His word can never fail.” ― Ellen White
  3. “I am nothing but an imperfect being, who is residing on earth with a perfect God as my guidance and protection.” ― Edmond Mbiaka
  4. “It is not love that keeps us stuck in the past. . . Closure never comes from reflection. It only comes from God's guidance and promptings.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  5. “God never fails to give us grace and guidance when we trust Him.” ―David P. Jeremiah
  6. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him alright.” ―Blaise Pascal

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© 2020 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2020:

Thanks, Cheryl. This incident has always been an encouragement to me. Glad that my daughter had the support of a friend during a crisis. It reminds me that God can be my supportive friend during similar circumstances.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2020:

The story of your daughter and a trusted friend getting through a hard time together is beautiful. Thanks for writing this beautiful devotional with the prayers. Many people right now probably need to hear this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 09, 2020:

Thanks, Brenda. You said it very well. "There are often times when we feel scared, but if we trust in God it helps to calm us."

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 09, 2020:

Ms Dora,

The story in the beginning with your daughter not having identification is a good one.

There are often times when we feel scared, but if we trust in God it helps to calm us.

Whether it be daily life with love between friends, family, or lovers...or fear of an illness, surgery, or an unknown path we must take if we trust God is there our hearts feel safe.

Thanks for all the prayers and quotes.

Amazing write as usual.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 09, 2020:

Nell, I appreciate your kind comment. Happy New Year to you, too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 09, 2020:

Denise, I'm happy that you enjoyed the devotional. True, God is there right now and throughout the New Year.

Nell Rose from England on January 09, 2020:

I always love reading your devotionals. Happy New Year Dora.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 09, 2020:

I love these sentiments. Knowing that God is there for me has helped me through many a night of darkness when all seems lost. Thanks for this loving reminder that he is there and all we have to do is put our trust in him.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 08, 2020:

Thanks, Mavis. A Blessed New Year to you, too.

Mavis Chiverton on January 07, 2020:

Very fitting devotion to start the New Year Be blessed

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Thanks, Kari. Many humans have the same issues, so it is not surprising to hear someone pray your prayer. It's comforting.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Thanks, Nell. Your advice is practical and timely. We always need divine help and sometimes it comes through human hands.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Bill, you made me smile. God may be smiling too. He has to like it when we obey Him and put our trust in Him.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Thanks, Sean. You have enough love to fill a thousand extra days. Thanks for your encouragement!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Great news, Eune, that you are confident about God's protection. "Be not afraid" is a favorite reminder from Him.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Tony, thanks for your comment. Hoping that all the things going on at the moment will turn into good for your benefit. I anxiously await your hub!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 06, 2020:

Devika, I call that "something greater than I" God; and yes we all need His guidance through all the life scenarios that confuse us. We can't go wrong seeking divine guidance.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 05, 2020:

Thank you Dora for the prayers and quotes. Sometimes it is so hard to discern our will from His will. So many of the prayers apply to me.

Nell Rose from England on January 05, 2020:

That was lovely to read Dora, I do think we all need to sit back and just ask for help sometimes. In our daily lives of rushing around, step back and ask if we need help.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 05, 2020:

Out of it all, Dora, this stands out to me the most - "No situation takes Him by surprise." There are a bunch of situations surprising to me at the moment. I'm glad He has it all under control.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 05, 2020:

Absolutely amazing, my dear sister! Absolutely amazing! This is a text I will share with my students. It will be the best help for their struggle! Thank you for the Light of your luminous Heart! You indeed are a Lamp of His Flame!

I am happy because this exact New Year has one extra day for Love!

Sean

EuneW on January 04, 2020:

Thank you, Dora for reminding me not to be afraid .. Knowing that God is leading and he's got me by my right hand gives me assurance..i sleep comfortably knowing I'm protected.

Antonio50S on January 04, 2020:

To MsDora.

This is a great Devotional.

I like that last No 5 Quote "David P. Jeremiah"

Just reading ( Psalms 23:5-6 ) Vs5 "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies" Vs6 is good as well.

Not associating the Name Jehovah with any Faith Group since the tetragrammaton ( God's Name ) is in the Hebrew Text. Vs1 "Jehovah is my Shepheard" First part of the tetragrammaton. "Greek" ( "Tetra" Tessera or Dessera ) means the 4 letters found in the Hebrew Alphabet which Transliterates the Name Jehovah. ( YHWH ) latter part of the tetragram, meaning Grammar.

Interesting as that may be "only Jehohah" would prepare a table for his servants in the very presence of perceived enemies, be it real or not. That's holding your hand :)

Anyway, just letting you know again Dora. I may need to Ease Up on comments for a while due to things going on at the moment, but when i get round to it, i want to write a Hub.

Great Devotional Dora.

Tony.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 04, 2020:

Some are religious and some are not while others don't care for any belief. I believe in something greater than I and know it is a great part of guidance in my life. Thank you for sharing this hub.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Linda C., thanks for your observation. Yes, God's help, support, guidance come in various forms.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Linda L., thanks for your encouraging comment. It's really an asset to the message of this devotional.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 03, 2020:

The story about your daughter is very inspiring. It's wonderful when we have supporters, whatever their nature.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 03, 2020:

Oh I needed to hear this.

"Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God."

We, as humans fret and worry and scurry about trying to fix things all on our own. That's what we do. Careful planning is good--that's stewardship. But the heart palpitations and sleepless nights are our way of saying "I don't trust in you. Let me handle this."

Thank you for reminding us to trust, take a deep breath, and wait.

"Cast all of your cares upon Him."

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Thanks, Lori. Your comment is so practical and it makes me smile.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 03, 2020:

I have always loved the Isaiah 41:10 Scripture. The story in the beginning was an excellent example of the overall message. This devotional was a very good reminder of who holds and guides us in the dark. I loved paragraph 4. God is never taken aback or by surprise. I think we forget that when our trials come God does not scratch his head and say "hmm, this is a tough one." Just love this series.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Doc, it's so good to see you. Thanks for your kind commentary and your insight on this devotional. Happy New Year to you.

Sallie B Middlebrook PhD from Texas, USA on January 03, 2020:

Thank you Ms Dora, for another great Hub. We all find ourselves in darkness, from time to time. There's always another storm--either we're in the midst of it, it has just passed us, or it is on its way to us. Life always ensures we meet with seemingly insurmountable challenges, but God. Thank you for reminding us to always seek God's guidance, because his way is always the best way.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Thank you, Flourish. Sometimes, God allows a human being to demonstrate that we need Him, and He comes to our aid through other human beings.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Pam, you're welcome. We can all identify with those prayers. They let us know that we are not alone in seeking God's guidance.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Liz, Deuteronomy 33: 27 is one of my favorite promises. It makes me feel protected. We can always count on God to lead us to a safe place.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 03, 2020:

That introduction was powerful writing and truly conveyed the power of your message. Needed in uncertain times like these.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 03, 2020:

As usual, this is a lovely devotional article and I liked each one of the prayers. I have said many similar prayers over the years. I depend on the Lord for quidance each day. Thank you for all your words of wisdom in this article.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 03, 2020:

This put me in mind of Deuteronomy 33 v 27: "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." which I read this morning.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Thanks, Bill. I appreciate your honest testimony. Know that you speak for many of us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Sure, Tamarajo. I can tell that you know about God's guidance from experience. We can't lose by following Him.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Thanks, Manatita, for being always so kind and helpful. Please know that I have learned a bunch from you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 03, 2020:

Thanks, Shaloo. New Year Blessings to you, as well. Sure, with God as our anchor, we're in good hands.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2020:

Without a doubt, I would not have made it this far in life without guidance. I have not always been willing to follow, but when I have I have not been disappointed.

Blessings always my friend! Have a brilliant weekend!

Tamarajo on January 03, 2020:

Encouraging devotional Dora. God does indeed hold are hands through difficult things when we seek Him and His guidance.

manatita44 from london on January 03, 2020:

Both your prose and your quotations are equally beautiful. So apt for this Holy Friday to the devout who loves God and to the advent of yet another glorious promise 2020.

A shout to you for the mention of my Guruji's quote and for the blessing to offer 'thankfulness' at this appropriate week in another golden dawn. Praise Be! Alleluia!

Shaloo Walia from India on January 03, 2020:

Thanks for sharing the beautiful prayers! With God as our anchor, we can sail through all troubles.

Wish you a very happy new year!