You Always Have the Option of Falling into God’s Hands

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 19

Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

–1 Chronicles 21:13 (ESV)

All you need to do is to let the divine will do its work, giving yourself over to it blindly, with perfect trust. It is infinitely wise, infinitely powerful, infinitely beneficial to all those who hope in it, fully and without reservation, and who love nothing and seek nothing for themselves.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

David was in trouble when he spoke the words found in 1 Chronicles 21:13, quoted above. He had sinned from a place of great responsibility, and he knew it. His words are informed by a lifetime of worshiping God, and they contain great wisdom for us, which can be applied in many diverse situations.

The prophet had given David some specific choices. Your circumstances are different, but you have the same options. You can choose to see what is happening to you as coming from the hand of God, or the hands of men. You can define the will of God according to the revelation of Jesus Christ, or according to the explanations of men. You can try to take fate into your own hands. In doing so, you will still find yourself falling “into the hand of man.”

Jean Pierre de Caussade’s advice is to always choose to fall into the hands of the merciful God. Fall with a trust that is worthy of his infinite wisdom. Fall freely, with a complete letting go. And giving yourself over blindly to the divine will is a kind of falling, so it makes sense that it will sometimes truly feel like you are falling. At such times, focus not on the fall, but on the mercy of God in which you have chosen to land.


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