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This was told by a missionary who was active in China when the country was taken over by communists. The missionary was arrested and subjected to severe questioning and mental torture. Throughout the procedure he would continually utter a quotation from Psalm 31:15, “My times are in your hands.”

In what he describes as his “final ordeal,” he was offered a knife and tempted to take his own life. He responded, “My times are in your hands.” He reports, “The screaming voice of the interrogator demanded to know where the words came from and he threw a Bible before his victim. The Bible fell open at Psalm 31. In the midst of this open Bible was the very quote the missionary had been saying all along: My times are in your hands. This was too much for the superstitious interrogator who fled the room.” The missionary was then released and allowed to go home. The interrogator did not come to saving faith as far as we know, but he clearly was convicted of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

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