I recently ran across a verse that I believe to be true, but have yet to fully incorporate into my life as if it is true. You see, if I genuinely lived as if it were true, I’d approach life with more security, and with less fear. What verse am I referring to?
“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)
What does it mean that God “ordained” all David’s days? The original word was used to describe a potter working with clay, or a carver working with wood. The idea is that God formed the days, planned the days, and determined their purpose. Perhaps most importantly, God had such purpose and plans for ALL of David’s days. And since God is sovereign, His oversight over individual lives continues today.
To accept these words at face value means that we accept that God fully-controls each and every day we will ever see. There is nothing that we can do to eek out any additional days, and there is nothing we can do to lessen those days. How that works in concert with our free will remains a puzzle to me, but we can still trust that He has all the purposes and plans for us under control. We need not fear that God will fail to fulfill His plan through us; and that means our days are all His. –Dave
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