Category: Daily Living

In the palm of God’s hand!

Don Fortnerby Don Fortner

“My times are in Your hand.” Psalm 31:15

My times“. They change and vary from day to day, but they change only in accordance with His unchanging love. They vary, but only according to the purpose of Him in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning.

My times“. That is to say . . . my ups and my downs, my health and my sickness, my prosperity and my adversity, my wealth and my poverty, my happiness and my sorrow–all of these are in the hands of my Lord and Redeemer, who arranges and appoints the length of my days and the darkness of my nights according to His wise and holy will.

My times“. All of them, in the beginning of life, in the course of life and in the end of life, “are in Your hand“–and I am glad that it is so.

The close of my life is no more at the disposal of fate, or chance, or Satan than the beginning of my life. My life will not close until the hand of my Father’s love closes it. I shall not die before my time, and I shall not be forgotten and left on the stage of time too long.

Not only are we in the hand of the Lord, but everything that surrounds us is in His hand. All the people, things and events which make up the environment of our existence are in the hand of our God.

Child of God, this should bring comfort and joy to your heart. We dwell in the palm of God’s hand! We are absolutely at His disposal. Everything that concerns us is arranged by His hand. May the Lord graciously enable us to enter into the peaceful realization of His good providence!

“Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

by Don Fortner

What Really Matters?

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

For what hath man of all his labour . . . wherein he hath laboured under the sun? Ecclesiastes 2:22

It is all but impossible these days to get people to pay any attention to things that really matter. The broad cynic in our modern civilization is likely to ask: “What really matters, after all?” It is our personal relationship to God that really matters! That takes priority over everything else; for no man can afford to live or die under the frowning displeasure of God. Yet, name one modern device that can save him from it. Where can a man find security? Can philosophy help him? Or psychology? Or science? Or atoms, or wonder drugs, or vitamins? Only Christ can help him, and His aid is as old as man’s sin and man’s need. A few other things matter to be sure. We must trust Christ completely. We must carry our cross daily. We must love God and our fellow men. We must fulfill our commission as ambassadors of Christ among men. We must grow in grace and in the knowledge of God and come at last to our end like a ripe shock of corn at harvest time.

These are the things that really matter!

by A.W. Tozer