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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 19

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 19


Seeing that we deserve nothing--we should be content with, and thankful for anything!

(Ralph Venning)

It has been every man's lot to come into and go out of this world naked--to show that he has no right to anything, but lives on the alms of God's charity and grace. All that we have or hold between our birth and death--is the mere gift of God. 

God might choose whether He would allow us anything or not; and when He has given--He may take back again, and none of us has cause to say anything but what Job said: "Naked I came into the world--and naked I shall return. The Lord has given--and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!" Job 1:21 

All that we have, our food and clothing and belongings--are only lent to us. Therefore, seeing that we deserve nothing--we should be content with, and thankful for anything.

"For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." 1 Timothy 6:7-8

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My times are in Your hand!

("Every Day!" Author unknown)

"My times are in Your hand!"  Psalm 31:15

Is not this truth a joy to you, my soul?

It would be a sorry thing for me, if my times were in my own hands--and it would afford me little satisfaction, if my times were in an angel's hands. How restful should I be in knowing that my times are in my precious Savior's hands! 
He sees the end from the beginning. 
He knows how to apportion my sorrows and my joys. 
He knows what to give--and what to withhold. 
He knows also when to give--and when to take away. 

But, alas! how often is my heart mistrustful--how often have I murmured under the trying dispensations of His providence! O my soul, be ashamed and confounded--be humbled in the dust that you should ever call in question the wisdom or kindness of the dealings of Him who so loved you as to give His only Son for your redemption!

Help me, O God of my salvation, henceforth, with childlike confidence and peaceful trust--to yield all to You, and to rejoice in the assurance that "My times are in Your hand!"

"My times are in Your hand;
 Why should I doubt or fear?
 My Father's hand will never cause
 His child a needless tear!"


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