March 30 Your Adversity Is in God’s Hands

scripture reading: Genesis 50:15–20
key verse: Psalm 31:15

My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.

Joseph emerged from jail as Pharaoh’s right–hand man and saved millions from starvation by administering God’s wisdom over the nation’s agricultural program.

David came out of the backwoods as Israel’s beloved king. His psalms, many recorded during his exile, comfort and encourage believers in affliction.

Paul’s jail terms were the study halls where he penned the Spirit–inspired books of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon.

Adversity? Yes.

 

Defeat? No.

 

Perplexity? Yes.

 

Futility? No.

 

Discouragement? Yes.

 

Escapism? No.

 

Fear? Yes.

 

Resignation? No.

 

 

Each advanced through his personal adversity in different fashion, but their progress and yours in harsh times are built on the bedrock truth of the sovereignty of God.

Author and theologian Dr. J. I. Packer defines God’s sovereignty or providence as “the unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and good will, He … directs everything to its appointed goal.”

In other words, God is in charge. Your adversity is in His hands. You are never powerless, for His power works on your behalf to accomplish His purpose.

I leave it in Your hands, God—all my suffering, all my unanswered questions, every heartache—knowing You are at work in the midst of my pain.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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