There Are No “Ifs”

In the book The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom tells of the tense times in Holland during the German invasion. One particular night she tossed restlessly in her bed while war planes growled overhead, shattering the blackness with fiery artillery. Hearing her sister downstairs in the kitchen, she went down for a cup of tea. They talked until the night was still again and the sound of fighters died away. Explosions had ripped nearby, but now all was quiet.

Stumbling through the darkness back to her room, Corrie reached out to pat her pillow before lying down. Suddenly she felt something sharp cutting her hand. It was a jagged piece of metal ten inches long. She cried out for her sister and raced down the stairs with the shrapnel shard in her hand. While Betsie bandaged her hand she kept saying, “On your pillow?” Corrie responded, “Betsie, if I hadn’t heard you in the kitchen …” To this the saintly sister replied, “Don’t say it, Corrie! There are no ifs in God’s world. The center of His will is our safety.”

What Corrie learned that night about God’s protection and sovereignty would become to her a solace that would see her through the most difficult times of her life, as she and her sister were put in Nazi concentration camps which eventually claimed her sister’s life.  Later in her life Corrie wrote, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”.

You may not know what tomorrow will bring or the troubles that may come with it, but you can be assured that God is already there and you can trust Him through whatever it may bring. The Bible says “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,”Nahum 1:7, and He “causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28.

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