Our times are in God’s hands…
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”
— C. S. Lewis
Even when we cannot understand the “why,” we can trust that God is in control of when each life begins and ends, and also of our times of suffering.
The Bible tells us to be anxious for nothing (Phil 4:6), because anxious thoughts do nothing to change our circumstances; they only change us, by robbing us of our peace and our trust in God.
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
14 But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God.
15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.
16 Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me for Your mercy’s sake and in Your loving-kindness.
Adversity does not make us frail; it only shows us how frail we are.
David prayed, my times are in Your hands, recognizing that ALL the events and circumstances of his life were under God’s sovereign control, which is always tempered by His unfailing love.
Every human weakness is an opportunity to trust in God’s strength and gain experiential knowledge of Him in our life, as we learn to cast the whole of our trust upon the reliability and trustworthiness of His Word, which tells us I AM with you always (Mat 28:20) and I will NEVER leave you nor will I ever forsake you (Heb 13:5b).
The awareness of our personal impotence should always lead the believer to cast himself on divine omnipotence.
This was David’s experience as recorded in Psalm 31.
He found himself in yet another painful experience of life, and this ordeal drove him to trust God and His power more fully.
In this sense, when he was weak, then he was strong.
On this particular occasion David was confronted with a conspiracy so powerful that even his closest friends and most ardent supporters had abandoned him.
Alone and forsaken, he found himself emotionally distressed and physically drained, with no one to turn to but God.
Filled with deep anxiety, David had to trust in the Lord.
His anguish was transformed into assurance.
This psalm conveys an unwavering trust in God as the psalmist rejoiced in the all-sufficient resources of God.
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
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