Tag: Trials

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

Bring them to God

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Bring them hither to me —Matthew 14:18

Why have you not received all the fullness of the Holy Spirit? Do you not long to be anointed with the rest of the oil? (Leviticus 14:17-18). Look around you at your situation. Are you not conscious of many needs at this very moment and almost overwhelmed with difficulties, trials and emergencies? These are all divinely provided vessels for the Holy Spirit’s filling. If you would only understand their meaning, they will become opportunities for receiving new blessings and deliverances which you can obtain in no other way.

Bring these vessels to God. Hold them steadily before Him in faith and prayer. Keep still. Cease your own restless working until He begins to work. Do nothing that He does not Himself command you to do. Give Him a chance to work, and He will surely do so. Then the very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster will become God’s opportunity for the revelation of His grace and glory in your life, as you have never known Him before. Bring them [all needs] to me.

by A.B. Simpson