In Psalm 31, David cries out to God, “My times are in your hands.” David experiences a great deal of distress in his life and feels the persecution from those around him. His strength fails him and his bones grow weak. But David doesn’t give in. He trusts in the Lord with all his heart to deliver him, save him, lead him, guide him, and love him.
After a somewhat stressful year, I had to turn to God when I realized I could not do it alone. My strength failed me, and my bones grew weak. So many things I wanted to change, but I had no control in changing any of it. What I did, or didn’t do, did not seem to make a difference at all. It was then that I realized God is in charge now. All my time, energy, worry, planning, suggesting, demanding and sacrificing were not working. I was forced to trust God, forced to put God in charge and pray for my concerns and circumstances.
In Romans 9, God is showing us that he is all powerful and knowing. Like Jesus the potter who crafts each pot individually, God forms each one of us with his plan for our lives in mind. All we need to do is trust in him. How often do we turn over a concern to God, only to take it back into our own hands? Unfortunately I do this all the time, but I know God is working with me in developing my trust in him. Like David said, “My times are in your hands.” God and I know even though things don’t look good or feel good right now, you have a plan for me that is good because you are my Lord and Savior, and I trust in you.
Heavenly Father, I pray that for this new year no matter what life holds, you have a plan for us, and that we find comfort and peace knowing you have designed us to successfully meet each challenge and in the process bring you all the glory. May we never hold on for long but commit our circumstances and our souls to you. Praise God! “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”