Do you think that you know what is best for you today'? Would you like to have the universe in your hands to control and use all that is in it for your fleshly advantage?
Let me urge you to forget it. The universe could not be in bettor hands than it is and has always been. Not only has the God of our salvation complete control of every molecule and atom of creation, so that He can move and remove them as it pleases Him, but He knows and reads the hearts and minds of every rational, moral creature. Yes, He knows what the devil is thinking at any given moment. He knows his plans and where he and his helpers are, and what they are trying to do. All this He does not learn but knows because eternally He planned it all. All that every creature in heaven and on earth rational and irrational, animate and inanimate does, He eternally decreed. What is going to happen today — in every split-second thereof —He determined and will execute on time, in the right place and in the exact way that Ho decreed.
Could you then want a better guide through this valley wherein the shadow of death is cast? Should we not say with Asaph:
Whom have I, Lord, in heav'n but Thee,
To Whom my thoughts aspire?
And having Thee on earth is naught
That I can yet desire.
In the Scriptures it reads like this: ''Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I can desire beside Thee" Psalm 73:25.
Indeed, the cross was no mistake, even though it looked that way when it took place. And what happens today may look as though "clean hands are worthless and pure hearts are vain,'' but they are not. He Who designed that cross did so in love for all His people, as we can now see. But look at all that happens in your life, it is designed by that same in fallible Guide. He will guide your steps so that you do arrive in His glory. On earth we cannot find a more loving and perfect Guide.
on the Heidelberg Catechism
(Song for Meditation: Psalter number 14)
Why not sing along??
Quote for Reflection:
Christ did not die for any upon condition, if they do believe; but he died for all God's elect, that they should believe, and believing have eternal life. Faith itself is among the principal effects and fruits of the death of Christ; as shall be declared. It is nowhere said in Scripture, nor can it reasonably be affirmed, that if we believe, Christ died for us, as though our believing should make that to be which otherwise was not, - the act create the object; but Christ died for us that we might believe. —John Owen
- Date: 3-January