The grandfather was called upon to stand in as the little girl's surrogate parent. Led into the neonatal unit, he was shocked at seeing his granddaughter for the first time, but his heart went out to her. "What can I do to help?" he asked.

 

The nurse said, "Watch carefully what I do." She reached into the incubator and with the tip of her finger, gently rubbed a patch of the baby's skin that was not covered with wires or tubes, and at the same time, she spoke endearing words of love and assurance to the baby. She looked at the grandfather and said, "Can you come in every day and do that for 15 minutes?"

 

The grandfather readily agreed, but asked, "Why?"

 

The nurse replied, "In order for this little baby to bond to you as her father, she must learn to connect your voice to your touch."

 

The same can be said of every soul of man born into sin and facing certain death. To really know God, there must be a way to bond to Him as our Father. That is, we must be able to connect His voice to His touch. "In the beginning was the Word" (John 1:1)-that's His voice. "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14)-that's His touch. The Apostle John wrote about Christ: "which ... our hands have handled, of the Word of life" (I John 1:1). The Lord Jesus Christ is the very God you need to know. He also is the Living Word Who combines God's voice and God's touch in One.

 

Any victory you can hope for is in God, and God is in Christ, and Christ is in you. He is where the victory is.

 

Do you long for that peace? Do you desire to find rest from your exhausting journey away from God? Jesus said, "Learn of me ... and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:29). Learn to see God aright.


Jim Binney is a biblical counselor with a counseling center for ministry couples in New Concord, Ohio. He is author of the book Living Purely in an Impure World. He can be reached at 740-872-3816 or leadministries@juno.com.

Today's Christian Preacher is the magazine for those involved in ministry and those training for ministry service who live in the United States. TCP won't help you preach a better sermon or build a larger ministry. It will help you in your personal life. For more information, call 1-800-588-7744.

© Right Ideas, Inc., 2005, www.rightideas.us