Romans 8:28August 5 Morning
We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.
Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the boat when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world's tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, Jehovah steers it. That re-assuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus bailing water, and he hears a voice saying, "It is I, be not afraid." He knows too that God is always wise, and, knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes; that nothing can occur which ought not to happen. He can say, "If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose it than have it, if God so wills: the worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God plans it." "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God." The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. Everything has worked for good till now; poisonous drugs mixed in correct proportions work cures; the sharp cuts of the scalpel cleanse out the proud flesh and facilitate the healing. Every event has not yet worked out the most divinely blessed results. Believing that God rules all, that he governs wisely, that he brings good out of evil, the believer's heart is assured, and he is enabled to calmly to meet each trial as it comes. The believer in the spirit of true resignation can pray, "Send me what you will, my God, so long as it comes from you; never has a bad portion come from your table to any of your children."
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