Now is the time to take that wrapper off your new calendar and hang it in a prominent place. You’ve got the whole year ahead of you! What are you thinking? As we look at the list of the next 365 days under the big bold heading of “2022” I’m sure we all have desires, plans, and even concerns for the year. There are things we hope will get done and things we hope will be different. There are days we’re looking forward to and days we probably already wish were behind us. With all these thoughts, hopes, and desires concerning our times we must remember an important truth from a time long ago. David declared before the Lord in Ps. 31:15, “My times are in Your hand.” Whatever may take place in these next days, this is what is true: the Lord is Sovereignly over, supplying, sustaining, allowing, and seeing to all of our time. He holds what happens and will be sure that it happens for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28-29) and to His glory (Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:11-12).
If you did some digging into the Civil War Era what you would find are many letters with phrases and endings written like this, “…but my life is in the hands of a Good and Benevolent Providence and to Him do I entrust myself body and soul.” That was the language of soldiers in that time (not just pastors)! They trusted and knew – on the battlefield and in the midst of war that their lives were in the hands of God. They chose to trust that whatever took place was from His hand. This is what David chose to do in Ps. 31. He was surrounded by enemies. In vs. 15, he prayed, “Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.” In verses 9 and 10, there was great increasing grief from the trouble of his days. He spoke of trouble from without and trouble from within his own soul. None of what was happening was how he planned. His time was filled with more distress than what he desired and yet right in the middle of this he resolves in vs. 14, “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, ‘You are my God’ and he remembers in vs. 15, “My times are in Your hand.”
Before even one day happens choose to resolve and remember. Resolve to entrust 2022 to the Lord and remember that your times (all 365 of these days ahead, just as all the days before this) are in His hand. Resolve to trust that what He has for you is His will and by trusting in Christ remember that He has determined that every day will be for your good and to His glory. Before you mark up your own new calendar remember that the Lord has had one for you. Ps. 139 proclaims that He knew all of your days before there was even one and praise Him that He is God, He is good, and His hand is available for us to hold onto in all the days He has for us!
Looking Forward To And Trusting In His Plans, Pastor Rudy