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He Knows the Way That I Take

Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard

"He knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I will come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).

Life is a journey with many twists and turns. As I approach my 65th birthday next year, I find that I believe in the sovereignty of God more than ever before. I have what I have because God has willed me to have it. I live where I live because God has willed me to live here. I was born in Tennessee, raised in Alabama, met my wife in Chattanooga, and we now live in Dallas--all of it by the hand of God. We have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren because God has willed it so.

Even my problems (which aren’t many) are apportioned to me by the hand of a loving God. I am what I am and who I am and where I am by the sovereign grace of God. That means there is no such thing as luck or fate or chance.

I heard about a little girl who, when asked what she had learned in Sunday School, said that she had learned that “God never says ‘Oops!’” That’s comforting because we live in a world where mistakes are made all the time, often by well-meaning people. As we wind up 2016, let's say what Job said as we look to the future: "He knows the way that I take." Be of good cheer. We can trust God with all our tomorrows because nothing that surprises us ever surprises him.

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Originally published December 28, 2016.

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