The Hand That Never Failed

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Down the steep slope of a massive mountainside a little party of climbers was following the guide. It had been a wonderful day, first the toil up the mountain, then the glorious air and the far-reaching view from the summit. Now the climbers were unroped from each other. The dangerous places had been passed, and they were almost in sight of the hotel.
Suddenly, unexpectedly, they came to a standstill before a yawning crevasse in a glacier. It must be crossed in order for them to reach home. Leaping across to the other side, the guide cried: "Follow me!"
One of the party obeyed, and in a moment he stood beside the guide. Another followed, and another, until all but one man were safely over. But the last man stood with white, set face and horror-stricken eyes gazing at the dreadful crevasse. Weary with the day's climbing, and utterly unstrung, all his nerve forsook him as he hesitated there.
"I can't," he cried in despair.
Swiftly the guide stepped forward. Holding out his strong right hand, he said: "This hand has never failed the hand that grasped it."
In a moment the traveler laid his hand in the one stretched out to him, jumped, and was safe on the other side.
Friend, there is One who stands before us on life's pathway. He stretches out the hand that was once wounded for us, to weary, sin-stricken, lost and guilty men. He can truly say: "This hand has never failed the one who has grasped it."
How is it with you? Do you know this Jesus as your Savior? Have you trusted all to that nail-pierced hand, to the mighty power of the Savior of sinners? He is willing and able "to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him." Heb. 7:25.
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 1 Tim. 1:15.