God’s Book

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Psalm 139:16

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

There is nowhere we can go to escape from the Lord, and there is nothing about us that God doesn’t know. God knows us even better than we know ourselves, because it is by His hand that we came into being. His knowledge of us is so intimate, there isn’t a day we have lived that God doesn’t know and remember with greater detail than any of us can recall. He has ordained our lifespan, and each day is in His sovereign control. We should live each day with the understanding that it is only by God’s will that we go anywhere or do anything. Our culture tells us that we are in control of our own destines and that our fate is in our own hands. Yet, it is prideful and foolish to think we are in control of our lives, that the number of our days, and all that happens to us is a direct consequence of our own actions. This verse reminds us that such thinking is arrogance. Our lives are in the Lord’s hands. Is would serve us well to spend less of our time trying to control our own destinies, and rather expend our energies finding ways to best glorify our Lord with the time He has graciously given us.