In whose hand?

(Octavius Winslow, "Divine Realities" 1860)

"My times are in Your hand." Psalm 31:15

In whose hand are the believer's times?

In a Father's hand!

Be those times what they may . . .
  times of trial,
  times of temptation,
  times of suffering,
  times of peril,
  times of sunshine,
  times of gloom,
  times of life,
  times of death,
—they are in a heavenly Parent's hand!

Is your present path lonely and dreary?

Has the Lord seen fit . . .
  to recall some fond blessing,
  to deny some earnest request,
  to painfully discipline your heart?

All this springs from a Father's love as fully
as though He had unlocked His treasury, and
poured its costliest gifts at your feet!

In a Redeemer's hand, also, are our times!

That same Redeemer who carried . . .
  our sorrows in His heart,
  our curse and transgressions on His soul,
  our cross on His shoulder,
who died—who rose again—and who lives
and intercedes for us—and who will gather
all His ransomed around Him in glory—is
your guardian and your guide!

Can you not cheerfully confide all your earthly
concerns—all your spiritual interests to His
keeping and control?

"My times are in Your hand." Psalm 31:15