You have enclosed me
behind and before,
And laid Your hand
~ Psalm 139:5
As I was reading through Psalm 139 this morning, this verse
really struck a chord with me. The study notes in my Bible had this to say
“God used circumstances to limit David’s actions.”
Isn’t that great! In order to keep David from (possibly)
doing something stupid (for which he would later suffer the consequences) or
something that would disgrace his Lord (like his bad, bad decision to get involved with Bathsheba), God actually brought
a set of circumstances into David’s life that [basically] kept his hands tied.
I have a confession to make: Not once have I ever viewed the
circumstances in my life as God’s way of limiting my actions. Far from it! But, perhaps it
is time to start doing so ...
Let’s face it: As human beings, we have an enormous capacity
to mess up our lives in big and small ways. And then, when the consequences of
those [bad] decisions begin to show up, we wonder why!
For most of the past 4 years, I have been in constant pain.
Truth be told, I actually cannot even remember what it is like to be pain-free.
Personally, I do hope that one day – in this lifetime – I will have the
opportunity to experience complete, total, and pain-free movement in my
body … but [apparently] today is not that day!
So while I do not understand the circumstances (of constant
pain) that God has allowed into my life, I am trusting that He is using them – even now – to keep me exactly
where He wants me to be, in order to accomplish what He wants to accomplish in
What about you? Are you fighting the circumstances of your
life – whatever they may be? Or are you willing to accept them, trusting that
God is using them in your life to limit your own actions – and perhaps even protect
you – just as he did in the life of His servant, David?
Most Holy Father,
thank You for always looking out for us, even when we choose not to look out
for ourselves! Thank You for bringing people and circumstances into our lives,
in order to limit our actions and keep us from making [yet] one more mistake or
bad decision that does not glorify You. And, most importantly, thank You for
loving us in spite of ourselves! Be glorified in our lives, both now and
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
~ Psalm 138:8