From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Psalm 31:15

My times are in Your hand; . . .                       NKJV

Like David, we can take great comfort and courage in knowing that God is in control of every detail of our lives (Acts 17:26).  We know that He sits at the helm of our life when it rocks most and that His invisible hand is always on the world’s tiller, steering it wherever it goes (Isa. 46:9-10).  The reassuring knowledge that our God works all things according to the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11) prepares us for everything that may come our way.  We look over the stormy seas and see the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ walking smoothly on its churning surface and we hear His voice saying, “It is I, do not be afraid.”  We also know that God is always wise; that there are no accidents, no mistakes; that whatever occurs, it happens for our best interest (Rom. 8:28).  We can say with confidence, “If I should lose everything I have, it is better that I should lose it all than have it, if God so wills.  The worst calamity is the wisest, kindest, and best thing that could happen to me if God decrees it to be so.”

Everything works together for the good of those who love God.  The poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions have worked the cure; the sharp cuts of the lancet have cleansed out the proud flesh and facilitated the healing.  Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes.  The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what you will, my God, so long as it comes from You; there never came an ill portion from Your table to any of Your children.”                                      Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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