March 25, 2002

The Best of the Portals of Prayer

Read: Genesis 50:15-20 / Psalm 115

“Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases.”
Psalm 115:3

God Has His Purpose

There are plenty of things going on nowadays that seem to be the devil’s handiwork – things that make our times look like the “hour, and power of darkness” [Luke 22:52]. Yet, even in the hour of darkness, God has a purpose. Often, it is precisely in the hour and the power of darkness that God has His greatest moments. It was so at Calvary. In the very moment when Satan was making his most powerful impact, there on that awful hill, God was fulfilling his most glorious purpose and plan for our salvation. God took hold of Satan’s finest hour and used it to crush him forever.
What this means is that at our most desperate moments, when terribly crushing things keep happening to us, they are not out of control, but are being turned by the all-powerful One Himself into the great benedictions of our lives.
Maybe we can’t see that at the very moment. Maybe we can’t see it in our present life. But we certainly can see it in the life of Jesus, and that is enough. God has His purpose. He had His purpose in what happened to Christ. He has His purpose in what keeps happening to us.
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even in the hour and the power of darkness, with our hand firmly in Yours, grant us strength to walk in Your confidence. Amen.

March 25, 1974

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