Tag: Joy

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

Nothing in this world is more beautiful

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

A ship is made to go in the water, and no matter how deep the sea nor how wild the tempest–all goes well as long as the water does not get into the ship. The problem of managing a ship, is not to keep the ship out of the water–but to keep the water out of the ship!

In this sinful world, we cannot avoid all cares and trials and temptations. The goal of of true Christian living is to keep these cares and trials and temptations from getting into our souls. Some people let all their frets and worries at once into their hearts–and they soon live out their lives in sourness, irritability, and discontent. They become thus miserable themselves–and they make all around them miserable. They cast, not cooling, healthful, refreshing shade on others–but melancholy, darksome, chilling shadows.

Learn to keep your cares in your hands–and out of your hearts. Nothing in this world is more beautiful than a Christian life with many trials and cares–yet remaining ever peaceful and joyous amid them all. This is the real goal of noble Christian living.

by J.R. Miller