May 6

Psalm 31:15-16

“My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.” vs. 15

One of the great truths of human existence is that we are not in control. While that may seem self-evident to those who are wise, it still comes as a shock to many. In our youth we are regularly told wonderful lies by those who love us, aphorisms like “You can do anything,” or an old favorite, “You can be anything you want to be as long as you believe in yourself and work hard.” When we’re fed a regular diet of positivity and self-reliance, it comes as a jolt to discover that ultimately we’re not in control, that there are a myriad of outside influences that powerfully shape our destinies. Now there certainly is some benefit to positive thinking, that can’t be denied, but it’s even more important to know that we are not in control, that we never have been in control, and we never will be. Certainly the psalmist knew that and he found it to be a great comfort–and so should we! Our times are in our Creator’s hands, and the One whose eye is on the sparrow, certainly has an eye on us. There’ll be plenty of twists and turns along the way, as the powers of the world and the forces of our environment open and close doors, but there’s no reason for our hearts to be discouraged. We are in Christ, and in Christ things will not always go as we have imagined, but they will always go well.

Thought for the Day: What did I imagine my life would be like?

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