Following all the bad news lately has really left me fearful. I read the following today and it really helped me put things into perspective. No matter what is going on in the world, God is, indeed, in control.
WE ARE ENGRAVED IN THE PALMS OF GOD’S HANDS.
The Lord tells us, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16).When we hear all the bad news that comes almost hourly, some of us are tempted to think the world is spinning out of control. Indeed, what we see happening is no small matter—from economic crashes to terrorist attacks to world leaders looking to take control.
I’ve got news for all would-be powers who want everyone under their control: My destiny and future – and the destiny of all God’s people – are in God’s hands only.
Beloved, your destiny is not in the hands of terrorists. It is not in the hands of world leaders. It is not in the hands of your boss, your banker, the Supreme Court, the President, the Congress or any other authority on this planet. The Bible speaks of who is in control—and of his heart toward his people: “Break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted” (49:13). “Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psalm 86:15).
Yet there are not many people who believe this, according to Isaiah. Even some believers claim, “The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me” (Isaiah 49:14). Indeed, at times in our lives God seems to have forsaken and forgotten us in our desperation. We may cry out, fast and intercede, but the answer is not forthcoming. Doubts and questions arise, and we wonder, “Lord, what about your promises? My situation is desperate. Have I grieved you somehow?” So much confusion floods our souls.
But God answers us with this word: “Others may forget you, but I will not.” “They may forget, yet will I not forget thee…. I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands” (49:15-16). The Lord tells us, “My compassions fail not. They are new every morning.” You are in God’s hands. He had compassion for your sins—why not also for your needs?
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(letter written before his death)