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Today’s Truth

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” (2 Kings 6:16 NIV)

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It was a beautiful crisp February morning when Steve and I traveled from our college town of Chapel Hill, NC to Charlotte to announce our engagement to Steve’s family. The night before, God had decorated His creation with a dusting of snow and tipped the trees with shimmering ice sickles. All of nature looked as if it were dressed for a wedding ceremony. I was sure God had done this especially for me. Ice laden trees bowed their branches all along the highway as if to sing, “Here comes the bride.”

It was one of those Southern days that couldn’t decide if it was the end of winter or the beginning of spring. As the day wore on, the bright sun warmed the earth to melt the snow and de-ice the trees. However, by nightfall, the temperature began to drop.

Steve and I headed back to school about 7:00 that night. Just fifteen miles from the university, we approached a steep incline. We didn’t realize that the downhill side of the road was covered with a sheet of ice.

As we began our descent, our car hit the thin veneer and began to spin out of control.

“Steve! We’re going straight for that car,” I cried as we headed directly into a set of on-coming headlights.

Seeing there was nothing he could do, Steve took his hands off the steering wheel and cried out “Oh God! Help us!”

One second we were headed directly toward an oncoming car. The next we were sitting off the side of the road in a ditch, facing in the opposite direction. Our bodies were pinned safely back into our seats. We did not have on seat belts.

“How did we miss that car?” I asked. “Where did it go? How did we get in this ditch?”

Shaken, Steve simply replied. “There’s only one answer to those questions – God.”

My mind immediately thought of Elisha and God’s heavenly army of protecting angels. Elisha was a prophet in the Old Testament who warned Israel every time their nemesis, the king of Aram, was about to attack. The king was enraged and demanded to know the informant’s identity. How did Israel always know what he was about to do before he did it?

“Elisha the prophet who is in Israel tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom,” the king’s officers told him. So the king sent out an army of men to capture him. Listen to what happened when Elisha’s servant woke up the next morning and saw the King’s vast army surrounding them.

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)

When God lifted the veil that separates the visible from the invisible, Elisha’s servant caught a glimpse of the heavenly host that stood armed and ready to protect them. And those same angels are protecting God’s children today.

In the natural scheme of things, there is no way Steve and I could have avoided having a head-on collision with the other car that night. But I believe there was nothing “natural” about the incident. It was the supernatural protection of God that reached down from heaven, picked up our spinning car, and gently sat us off the side of the road facing backwards. If we had landed in the ditch facing forward, the sheer impact of a sudden stop would have ricocheted out bodies through the windshield. No, there was nothing natural about any of this.

When I was a little girl, I used to sing the endless verses of He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. “He’s got the itty-bitty baby, in His hands; He’s got my momma and my papa, in His hands; He’s got my brothers and my sisters, in His hands;” and on it goes. This year I’ve added another verse: He’s got 2020 in His hands.

And here’s one I’m singing today: “He’s got you and me sister, in His hands.” I don’t know of any other place I’d rather be. And in that you can place your trust.

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, Thank You for protecting me. Thank You for the angels that you assign to watch over me. I can be at peace today knowing that my very life is in Your hands.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Now It’s Your Turn
What are you worried about today? Imagine taking those worries and cares and literally placing them in God’s hands.

Read and meditate on the following verse: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).

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14 Responses to “He’s Got 2020 In His Hands”

  1. Andrea says:

    Thank you. I read every day and know He has me in His protection. But this is a sweet reminder.

  2. Sherri says:

    “He’s got 2020 in his hands” – AMEN!!!

    “Bless the Lord..oh my soul and all that is within me. Bless his holy name.”

    Thank you for sharing and blessing us this morning with the lesson!!

  3. Sonda says:

    I am very thankful that God kept you safe bc your devotionals start my day off so well! God bless!

  4. Lorri says:

    My daughter had a bad accident in 2017. There is only one explanation for her having been able to walk out of her car that was upside down and half up a tree. It was all God. I can not thank Him enough for taking care of my baby.

  5. carol says:

    Thank you, for this great devotional!
    Have been praying daily since March, asking God to “step into our mess”; and every evening, thanking Him for watching over me and giving His protection.
    ( just for encouragement during the day, listen to The Afters: “Fear No More”)
    Bless you for reminding us, we are not in this fight alone!

  6. Tonia says:

    Thanks for this devotion! I so needed this reminder that God is in total control.

  7. Tamara says:

    I have had moments like those where there is no explanation… but God! Thank you to God who saves us in so many moments, and moments we aren’t even aware of! He is our Protector!

  8. Carol says:

    I have cried for the last two days. Soul shattering tears. I am so lost. Discouraged. I have a job I have struggled with for 9 months in banking. It is simply not working. For the company or me. I can’t quit until I have another position yet facing each day feels almost impossible. I was diagnosed with acute anxiety over two years ago and since that time, I lost my job to corporate downsizing and had to start over after 50. Just me & my daughter. I know God has me. I know we are blessed beyond comprehension. Yet, I feel so alone and exhausted. There is light on the other side of these shadows. I just wish I could see it from here.

  9. Cheryl says:

    As I read this devotional, I was just amazed at how your amazing personal testimony is a reflection of how much 2020 seems to be spinning out of control. What a timely devotional. We are reminded that God Almighty and His hosts of angels are working behind the scenes every day to keep Planet Earth under control. Despite what we see in the natural, that’s not all there is. Let’s keep trusting in His great power to deliver us from this mess. Praise His name always!!

  10. Bernadette says:

    I know with all the worldwide deaths due to the virus, it may be hard to believe this pandemic will come to an end. God sees and God knows and He cares. He is in this with us, we are not alone. We are never alone. He will never leave us.

    2020 is in God’s hands. I am from Trinidad and Tobago and our National Budget was October 05 2020.
    I was really worried and feeling anxious after the budget was delivered. Today’s devotion reminded me that God has my county’s economy in His hands. He has me in his hands regardless of the budget.

    Thank you for this reminder.

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