Note to Self: He’s Got You (and Friday) in His Hands

August 30, 2013 · 4 comments

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Dear Self:

What’s your hurry? Wait, stop! Where are you g…

Hey, slow down! This is important. Those frantic thoughts can wait. Oh? They’re urgent and this is going to be a busy day, you say? Well, letting your worries lurch your heart back and forth like a rocking chair isn’t going to get you anywhere fast.

You certainly have time to consider this right now, and it looks like you’ve forgotten some things since you woke up this morning. Yes, I know you haven’t even opened your eyes yet. But a fraction of a second is all the time one needs to forget the most important things.

Take a tip from Psalm 103 and remember how good the Lord is. He Is Good! And he is good to you!

God has blessed you in Christ with every spiritual blessing. They’re not fake blessings like the fake brownies you made the other day that aren’t even fit for consumption because you substituted everything sweet for something awfully healthy. These spiritual blessings are really real, and they’re really, really good. And God has given every one of them to you in Christ!

Here’s one: Consider the magnificent grace of being predestined. God chose you for himself before you before you loved him. He chose you before you were ever aware of him. He chose you before you were born. He chose you before anybody was born. He chose you even though he knew you would be born into sin. And he chose you for a purpose—that you should be holy and blameless before him. Because of Adam you were born into sin, and because of Christ you were born again into his righteousness by faith.

God wasn’t grumpy about choosing you; he chose you in love to adopt you as his daughter through Jesus Christ. He is very pleased that he made you his daughter. Did you catch that, Self? God loves you! There was nothing dispassionate about God’s choosing you. And he did it to the praise of his glorious grace. Amazing, glorious grace.

You have every reason in the universe to entrust all the details of your life to your loving heavenly Father. He saw today before time even began. The Lord can take care of your worries today, as he has done every day and as he will ever do. Praise his glorious grace today!

 (A meditation on Eph. 1:3-6)

Gloria Furman (@gloriafurman) is mostly from Texas. In 2008 she moved to the Middle East with her husband Dave to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. They have four children ages six and under. Gloria is the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms (Crossway 2014).


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1 Sarah August 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

What an encouraging post! I will turn in now meditating on the blessings of being predestined. Thank you for the reminder!


2 Laura August 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thank you for this reminder to focus on the absolute certainties in this lie – I am chosen in Christ and He is all knowing, all sovereign, and good all the time!! My husband and I have recently had our world – our future plans, our desires and dreams – completely rocked this week and for the first time in our marriage have no idea what our future holds (we had always had ministry dreams and goals and those were all shut down this week – where do we go now?). I need every reminder to trust God and know that while we are shocked He is definitely not. And He is good. Thanks!!


3 Gloria August 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

He is SO good, Laura! And he never changes! Yes, cling to Jesus, who is never surprised and delights to finish the good work he has started in you.


4 Kaybee August 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Thank you. ‘He can come in the silence, he can come in the noise. bringing peace in a moment, bringing comfort and joy…’ He came through this post. Thank you.


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