Having thus taken to the best resource by trusting in Jehovah, and having made the grandest claim possible by saying, “Thou art my God”, the Psalmist now stays himself upon a grand old doctrine, one of the most wonderful that was ever revealed to men. He sings, “My times are in thy hand.” This to him was a most cheering fact: he had no fear as to his circumstances, since all things were in the divine hand. He was not shut up unto the hand of the enemy; but his feet stood in a large room, for he was in a space large enough for the ocean, seeing the Lord had placed him in the hollow of his hand. To be entirely at the disposal of God is life and liberty for us.
This sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon is one of his finest, if I may so judge a better man than I. To me, this is what sermonizing biblical truth is all about; applying a doctrine to real life. And the point that should be grasped from the sermon is that we are to do likewise in our daily lives. It is one thing to affirm the great doctrines of Scripture, particularly of sovereign grace, aka: Calvinism, verbally and intellectually. But sometimes it is a far different thing to affirm these same truths with our lives. As the old saying goes, This is where the rubber meets the road. James wrote in like manner in his response to one who claimed they had faith: "Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will show thee my faith." (Jam 2:18)
The question is, Is your life consistent with your theology? If an outsider were to consider your life from its visible perception, would that person conclude that what he observed of your life is the same which you profess to believe? Reading Spurgeon's sermon will doubtless help you to answer that question and if the answer is, "No!", then the Prince of Preachers offers some assistance to help you correct this inconsistency between your profession and your life.
Read this sermon here: My Times Are In Thy Hand
For later reading, visit The Highway homepage and click on the link for "Notable Sermons". You will find this sermon in the list under Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
In His service and grace,