Is God really in control? Does he care about the small details? Why is there a picture of our nearly finished wet room (keep reading...!)?
In two of the readings from the M'Cheyne plan for today we see the answer is clearly yes. Genesis 24 shows God's sovereign control in the provision of a wife for Isaac, God had promised he would make Abraham into a great nation, and while his son was unmarried that looked unlikely, but God always keeps his promises and he heard Abraham's servants prayer and guided him to Rebekah, the wife to be for Isaac.
The reading from Acts 23 shows God's sovereignty in overhearing. There was a plot to take the Apostle Paul's life (23:12-13), but God used ordinary means and ensured that Paul's nephew was near enough to hear the plot (23:16), to do something about it. What;s more God made sure that the young man was listened to so that the apostle Paul was protected. It is wonderful to see God's sovereign care in these 2 instances, and if we reflect on our own lives perhaps we will see similar.
The reason that there's a picture of our nearly finished wet room is because it shows God's sovereign care for us. For the last year I have been praying that God would provide a place to minister with a house that would cater for those in my family with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. As we prepare for my official start tomorrow, we praise God that he has heard and cares about the details and has used ordinary means (some excellent builders) to provide us with an accessible wet room. We are so grateful. And more than that, we prayed for the medical care of our children and he has provided a wonderful consultant that we saw within 2 weeks of arriving in the country! Of course, we rather that no one needed the wet room and that our children didn't have complicated medical needs and we long for the day when they won't (Revelation 21:1-4), but until that day we rejoice in God's wonderful provision for us and trust in the one who is "too wise to err — and too loving to be unkind." (Arthur Pink - full quote below)
"Faith endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life — by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err — and too loving to be unkind. So long as we are occupied with any other object than God Himself, there will be neither rest for the heart, nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand — then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings — whether in a hovel, a prison-dungeon, or a martyr's stake — we shall be enabled to say, "The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places!" (Psalm 16:6). But that is the language of faith — not of sight or of sense." (Arthur Pink "Sovereignty of God")
"The humble soul endeavours more how to glorify God in afflictions than how to get out of them." (Thomas Brooks)