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Our times are in God’s hands

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What does it take to navigate tough times? Just trust in the Lord and put yourself in his hands, says the Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr.

Scott Memorial UMC, Pastor

While we continue through challenging times as disciples of Jesus Christ in this country and around the world, I take this moment to reflect on a beautiful thought, and it is this: “Our Times are in His Hands.”
The entire chapter of Psalm 31 tells the story of David, who was a man after God’s heart. He spoke of the difficulties he was facing and his resolve to continue to trust God. Especially referring to “times” that were beyond his understanding. The main verse of scripture that is powerfully encouraging is in Psalm 31:15 (NKJV) “My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.”
The “times” being spoken of refer to the various events that come into our lives, whether we see them as good or bad. Often, the events or “times” we see as “bad” are the very times that move us closer to our destiny in Christ than the good times. When we realize that God knows the “times and seasons” of our lives, then we can have tremendous confidence in His loving care as we walk through those times.
While God may not have been the author of every event, I have found that God can use every event to draw us closer to him. If our hearts are desirous for the things of God, then I believe we can stand on scriptures like this one: Psalm 37:23 (NKJV), “The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord, And he delights in his way.”
The person in whom God delights is one who follows God, trusts him, and tries to do his will. God watches over and makes firm every step that a person takes. I would encourage you to continue to trust in the Lord as you navigate these challenging “times,” but know that God is good!