Devotional – Monday, July 13, 2020

Our Times Are In God’s Hands

These are strange difficult times in which we live. I have been in ministry for over 50 years and have never seen a year like 2020, and we have five months to go. In such a time as this, the simple affirmations of faith in God expressed in the Bible can be a source of comfort and strength. Look at Psalm 31:15: “My times are in thy hand.” If we believe that we can face the future with confidence and hope.

Verse five of this Psalm was repeated by Jesus as He was dying on the cross, “Into thy hands I commend my spirit.” It is believed that this verse was taught to every Jewish child by their parents to be said when they went to sleep at night, as we teach our children to say, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”

This was a statement of faith. Jesus knew that hell’s power could not wrench Him from His Father’s care. Jesus believed this about His followers also. He says, “No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:29)

God’s concern for us is expressed beautifully in Psalm 139: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from they presence? … If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the utter most parts of the sea. Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

Do we believe this? Dare we believe that no matter what comes in our lives, COVID-19, riots and destruction in our streets, that we are held securely in the loving grasp of Almighty God? The Apostle Paul believed this when he wrote that, “Nothing in all creation … can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)

We are living at a tipping point in history, we are scared. We are puzzled and frightened and there are many difficult questions which we cannot answer — the presence of evil, the inability of us to live in peace with each other, the destruction of life. But against the evil and sin and lovelessness of man, God casts His loving presence. Our hope for the future is in Him who holds us and our times in His hands. Thanks be to God!

Offered by the Rev. Dr. Michael Elmore

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