the Second Week of Lent
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Bowen's Daily Meditations
’’ My times are in thy hand." - Psalms 31:15.
The time of my prosperity. In vain would I say unto my soul, " Soul, take thine ease, thou hast much goods laid up for many years." In vain I grasp the evidences of my wealth; look abroad upon my goodly mansions and large estates; reckon upon my wealth, and exult in the victory obtained over earthly vicissitudes. The victory is a mere cheat, a phantasm of my brain. The time of my prosperity is in the hand of God, He opens his hand, and all my possessions vanish into air.
The time of my health. It is God that determines its continuance, even to the very hour.
The time of my mental capacity. I boast of the powers of my mind; but they abide with me only while God commands them so to do.
The time of my adversity. Of sickness. Of manifold sore trials. Of absence of loved ones. Of humiliation. Of conflict with sin.
The term of my mortal existence. Wherefore, let my eyes be unto the hand of the Lord, as the eyes of a servant are unto the hand of his master.