is a quotation from I Cor. 15:10. It is true of me, even as it was true
On August 30, 1948, I will be sixty-four years of age. But I seek not to
glorify myself in this article. I seek to glorify God.
Not alone for sixty-four years, but in all the past eons, God has been
engaged with me. And what I say about myself is true of all others. It
is no accident that I was born. There has never been a time when I was
not in God's plan. There were only two persons who could be my parents.
He was engaged since the beginning in seeing to it that those two
persons were born at the right time,---and this included seeing to it
that all of their ancestors were born, and that the right children were
born to them, all at the correct season.
There were millions of sperms together. Only one could produce me.
Humanly speaking, there were millions of chances that I would not be
produced, to one chance that I WOULD be. But, as I look at it as the
work of God, I believe that there was never the slightest chance that I
would NOT be born. God had planned it. God has produced every person
that was ever born. No couple of humans can produce a human being. But
God can do it, through them. There was no more probability that I would
be born August 31, than there is that the sun will rise in the west
tomorrow. August 30 was the day He had planned for my birth, and August
30 it was!
I could not take care of my self before birth. Nor has there ever been a
moment since birth, that I could do it. I have been in His hand all the
time. Yet those whom He used, were not conscious of His part in the
When I was an infant I survived a case of poisoning, and when I was a
little order I recovered from pneumonia. The recovery in each case was
brought about through a physician, but there was never any probability
that the doctor would fail to be on hand at the right time. Since
becoming a man I went through a "spell" of typhoid fever, and,
later, underwent two operations. I did not know how either would
terminate, but I was still in the hands of God. It was He Who enabled
the local doctor to "pull me through" the fever, just as it
was He Who guided the hand of the surgeon in the other cases.
As a boy I encountered many dangers, seen and unseen. If I was careful
in such cases, it was He Who made me so. I reached manhood because he
had a purpose in my living, and not because of any knowledge on my part,
or on the part of my parents, except that He gave such knowledge as was
In early childhood I often prayed for material blessings. It was God Who
caused me to pray. If He blessed me through prayer, it was not because I
changed His mind about it, just as the rising sun does not thwart God's
intention to have darkness continue. He planned to accomplish certain
things through prayer, just as He plans to bring light through the sun.
It was no accident that I was at a certain place at a certain time, and,
while listening to a sermon, became interested in things of the spirit.
It was God Who brought the preacher there and brought me to hear him.
This was when I was a boy. For more than fifty years I have loved God,
not because I took a notion to love Him, but because He planned it.
It was no accident that I have experienced many failures in life. He
planned it so, just as he gave to Paul the splinter in the flesh. If I
had been able to live without mistakes, I would have been very proud.
God planned that I should always be conscious of my dependence on Him
and He knows just how to order my life to bring about such result.
Some time ago, a man said to me, "Take care of yourself".
Immediately the the thought came to me, "I have never been able to
take care of myself, either before or after my birth".
This is what it means to me when I read in the word that all is of God.
I cannot find it in my heart to limit it. I verily believe that ALL is
of Him. There is plenty of room for exhortation, warning, prayer, and
teaching of accountability. If I issue warning or engage in exhortation,
or pray, all is of Him. The results are, likewise, of Him. When I do
that which is wrong, I am accountable, notwithstanding the doing is of
Him. Accountability is necessary, in order to humble me. On the other
hand, If I do that which is noble and fine, it, too, is of God. And He
blesses me in the doing, (not FOR the doing), just as I smile on my
grandson when he buys me a present with the money I provided.
Paul says God is not far from each one of us, and that we may grope
after Him. I have never been engaged in sweeter exercise than groping
after God in everyday experience. With my heart and mind on Him through
His Christ. I can see Him in everything that appears before my eyes, and
hear Him in every sound. I arise in the morning with the knowledge that
the day is planned and is entered on God's calendar. I do not know
what it holds for me, but I know that He knows, and has planned it.
Therefore each new day is an adventure, for it is a venture into the
dark, depending on Him. This makes life interesting. There is not a dull
moment. I see His hand and His purpose in every experience. And when
night comes I retrospect the day, and am able to thank Him for all that
came to me, whether it was pleasant or painful. Is there a flower in my
path? He has been there. Do I hear the song of a bird? He speaks to me
through the throat of the feathered creature. Do I feel a breeze? It is
He, touching me. Does the sun shine in brilliance? It is His robe I see.
Does night begin to fall? It is my God calling me to rest.
Have I had the privilege of serving His saints during the day? God has
honored me. He used me, not because He needed me, but because I needed
Him. Have I made grievous mistakes? There is a purpose in it, for it
leads to humiliation, and I need that.
There is not much pleasure in believing that all is of God only when
matters are going according to my desires. I thank Him that He enables
me to believe it in the midst of grief, vexation and disappointment.
Everyday faith is what is needed---not merely fairweather faith. This
keeps me from becoming angry at anyone, for anything. If a person does
wrong, God will look after it, for it is of Him. I do not need to become
vexed at him. Leave it to God. Think how much energy is expended by
being angry at someone. How much better it is if that much energy is
used in thanking and praising and serving Him, and in serving the people
in His name!
Man belongs to the race of God, says Paul. Man is not like the lower
order of creatures. He is in the image of God. He belongs to a noble
race. Man can never change himself, and become something lower or
higher. After the transgression of Adam he still was a member of the
race of God. My life may be full of failures, but I remain a man until
the last. I can never become less. There may be much suffering for me.
But there can never be a veto of God's plan. Because I am a
man---because I belong to the race of God---there is no never-ending
damnation for me. That is not what God made mankind for. It was a Greek
poet who said, "We are of that race," and Paul, in his talk in
Athens, Acts 17, endorsed it. It is true. And until some process can be
found by which man can make himself less than human, there will be no
possibility of anyone ever being endlessly separated from God. The
salvation of all mankind is an absolute necessity. God's purpose in
creating the race of God demands it. He accomplishes it thru Christ.
So, if it is His purpose that I shall continue to live, I will reach my
sixty-fourth birthday anniversary and go on beyond, young in spirit,
able to see the beauty of God everywhere, to hear His voice, to feel the
touch of His hand, and to know that he manifests Himself in millions of
ways. He deserves all glory for my attitude toward Him. In the grace of
God I am what I am.