Pristine Grace

Do Not Dispute Divine Providence
by Jim Byrd
Do Not Dispute Divine Providence

    How thankful we are that the Lord our God has given the management of this world and all things in it over to the hands of our triumphant Savior.  Since all things are under His sovereign authority, let each of His children be content knowing that, as the redeemed of the Lord, all the concerns of our lives are in the hands of Him whose blood washed away all our sins and in whose righteousness we forevermore shall stand!  The hands pierced for our redemption are actively engaged to work all things together for the welfare of His people.  Yes, all things are in His hands, where else would you want them to be?  Would you want them to be in your hands and under your control?  Do you have the power and the wisdom to manipulate every event and circumstance and make them all work in harmony for your good?  No you do not, but HE DOES!  Never be downcast or unhappy in spirit or entertain the foolish notion that if things were in your hands, you would change them.  Would you?  Is not that a sinful thought that you could do a better job of controlling all the affairs of your life than your beloved Savior?  I remember reading the words of Martin Luther upon hearing the fretting and murmuring of his friend Philip Melanchthon.  Philip was despondent and complaining about the safety of the saints of God in Germany.  Luther said to him, “Let Philip cease to rule the world!”  By those words he gently rebuked his friend; stop thinking that if you were in control, things would be different.  If the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, had determined that your circumstances needed to be otherwise, they would be!  It is a common sin among the people of God to fret at divine providence.  Remember the design of providence; it is to bring about the gracious purpose of God for you, His child, a purpose which was ordained before God ever made this world.  Will the Lord bring you needless pain?  Would He, without good reason, put you through a trial of your faith?  Could He possibly have determined that which would ultimately work to your destruction?  You know the answers to these questions, don’t you?  He would never harm one of His little ones.  O my dear brother or sister in Christ, resign all things over to Christ Jesus, after all, they are governed by Him anyway.  You will be much more content in this world if you could, by His enabling grace, obey the words of the apostle Peter.  “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).  Let us say, as did Eli, “It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good” (1 Samuel 3:18).