MY TIMES ARE IN HIS HAND
It is not everything that is offered to God that He will accept. He cannot accept a filthy gift so you have to present yourself as a living sacrifice. It is only then that you can say your times are in His hands. Psalm 31:10-17:
“For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed. I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God,
My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.”
There are some people who will actually identify with what we have in the verses above. David had this kind of experience and yet he was a man after God’s own heart. However, rather for him to query God, he came to a wonderful conclusion. In verse 14, he said in spite of everything around him and things not working the way he wanted, he still trusted in God. Where is your own trust? When David came to this conclusion, he said, “My times are in your hands.”
When you want to give it another meaning completely, it is like saying it is a surrendered life. Your life is an index of time. Your life is being measured by the time you are spending. A man that is wasting his time is actually wasting his life. Your life is an index of your time. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us that for every time there is a purpose. There is a time to cry, a time to laugh, a time to be born and a time to die. You do not have any choice but to surrender the entire times to His hands. When you do this, you can say like Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good for those that love God. A man who has surrendered all to God is a man that is in love with God. Having considered this little introduction, we want to consider two more headings under this particular topic.
You don’t know the difference between an acid, water and a base until you put an indicator. In the same way, it is how you react to some things that will make us to actually know that you have actually surrendered. Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
The first indicator of someone who has surrendered to God is his or her love for God. The Bible says thou shall love thy God with all thy heart and thy entire mind. When you love with all, what is left? Do you love God with all your heart? A man that will say My times are in your hands’ has come to the conclusion that whether he is alive or dead, married or single, everything is in God’s hands.
You must come to understand that you are called according to His purpose. This means that you are to live for His purpose. You are to live for His counsel. It is the will of God or nothing else. Are you living for His purpose?
Let us consider a little about Jesus Christ. Ist sure that you know that Jesus was not given to frivolity He was not given to gambling the way w e of us are gambling with our lives. In John 4:34, Jesus said:
“Jesus saith unto them, Moment is to do the will of him that sent me, und to finish his work.”
In john 5:19 He said
“The answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
These are the indicators of a surrendered life.
Let us consider Paul in Galatians 1:16:
“To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”
Many times, it is when God is actually giving you instructions that you are going around for counselling. It is not that you do not know the will of God but you just want someone to just agree with you that it was not the will of God.
- REWARDS OF A SURRENDERED LIFE
1.You will have the favour of God: When Samuel was handed over to God, it was as good as saying his times were in the hands of God. By the grace of God, Samuel received favour in Israel,
- God will be with you: Because Jesus surrendered completely to His Father, His Father was with Him. In John 8:29 Jesus Christ said:
“And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
This is an example of a surrendered life. If my eating will not be pleasing to God, I better abstain. If my going out will not be pleasing to God, I better stay in. If my association with some people will not be pleasing to God, I better stay alone. The problem several of us are having is that we have not yet surrendered our lives to God.
- You will fulfil your destiny because you are living for His purpose: Every Red Sea on your way will part. Every Jordan will part ways and every wall of Jericho will crumble because God is there with you. You already have the favor of God because you have surrendered all to Him. In Philippians 2:8-11, you will discover how Jesus fulfilled His own destiny because He surrendered to God even by the way He was going to die. God gave Him a Name that is above all names. All things will work together for your good if you surrender to Him and your times are in His hands.
- You will become God’s responsibility: In Psalm 23, David said the Lord is his Shepherd and so he shall not want. How will it be if the All-Sufficient
One becomes your Caretaker? Is there any need in your life that He cannot meet? Many of us are going through all we are going through because our times are not in His hands. His hands are so big that any calabash that you give to Him will not be broken, Psalm 34:7-9:
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
Who are those who fear Him? It is those that have actually surrendered to Him. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him? He will lead you to what to do at every particular time.
- You will have crowns: When Paul had completely surrendered and fulfilled his destiny, in 2 Timothy. 4:8, he looked at everything around him, and said he had finished his course but one thing left for him was a crown. The Bible says the righteous is as bold as a lion. When you have fulfilled your destiny, you will be so glad to walk into God’s presence and when He sees you, you can be sure that He will say, Welcome my beloved son.’ Those who refuse to surrender will lose such crowns. I hope you remember that Demas was also a partner with Paul but he loved this world and he lost the crown.
- Another reward that you are going to have is that you will have revelation gift. Psalm 25:14:
“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
If you surrender to Him, God will lead you and for Him to lead you. He will be showing you some things When you have revelation gifts you can never walk into a trap The devil can never ensnare you. John 5:20 says
“For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.”
If you love God, which is an indicator of a surrendered life, He will also love you. The Bible says draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you.
- Those people whose times are in His hands cannot miss Heaven, for they cannot backslide: You remember that David had some problems prior to the time of surrendering his entire times into God’s hands but after that time, the Bible says David served God in His generation. Where do you think David is now? John 14:1-3:
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Who are the people that will occupy the place? It is only those who have surrendered their lives.
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