Morning , August 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” — Romans 8:28
Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern of the vessel 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 reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus walking upon the breakers, and he hears a voice saying, “It is I, be not afraid.” He also knows that God is always wise, and, knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes; that nothing can occur which shouldn’t have happened. He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose than have, if God so wills: the worst disaster is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God enacts 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 so far; the toxic drugs mixed in appropriate proportions have worked to cure; the sharp cuts of the scalpel have cleansed out the scarred flesh and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, 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 calmly to meet each trial as it comes. The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what you will, my God, so long as it comes from you; never came there an harmful portion from your table to any of your children.”
“Say not my soul, From whence can God relieve my care?’
Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime, his heart profoundly kind,
God never is before his time, and never is behind.”