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“Times” - July 14, 2021

But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands.

                                                                                    Psalm 31:14-15a (NIV)

 Sometimes when visiting a person in a weakened physical state, especially if in hospital, I may leave that individual with just one line from Scripture.  I’m hoping it will be a line that the person might have just enough energy to remember and repeat to themselves later during day.  In such moments, I have often used the first half of verse Psalm 31:15. “My times are in your hands” or as in another translation (NLT) “My future is in your hands.”

 

During this pandemic, we have spent well over a year living with unknown futures and wondering what ‘our times’ will look like, even just a few months beyond the present. But pandemic times or not, we will always do well to acknowledge that in the ultimate sense our lives are in God’s hands.  There are and always will be questions about our futures that we are unable to answer and will require us in faith to simply trust God.

Despite the fact that much needs yet to be done worldwide, we are grateful and cautiously optimistic about putting the worst of the pandemic behind us.  But that doesn’t mean we stop looking to God in Jesus Christ to lead and to carry us into the unchartered waters of new times and places.  We look to Jesus and listen to his voice, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)

The following link takes you to "My Life is in Your Hands" sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS6tQYJVO80