Saturday, August 5, 2017

"We Know That All Things Work Together For Good..."

Our buddy Charles Spurgeon, otherwise known to us as "Chuck," had some poignant words to say recently on his "Morning and Evening" devotional:

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 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 re-assuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus treading the billows, 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 arise. 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 calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God ordains 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 as yet; the poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions have worked the cure; the sharp cuts of the lancet have cleansed out the proud 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 thou wilt, my God, so long as it comes from Thee; never came there an ill portion from Thy table to any of Thy 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.'"

We really appreciate the modern encouragement this 19th century clergyman often shares.

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Barbara said...

Beautiful quilt! Those flower-like things are fascinating to study.

We are fans of Chuck Swindoll, too. My son got to meet him and shake his hand a couple of months ago. Said he's as friendly and nice in person as he is on the radio.

Barbara said...

Well, I feel silly. You were quoting Charles Spurgeon. My previous comment was about Chuck Swindoll.

Both men are a true asset to Christians. One from the past, one in the present.

Okay. Enough said!

Cindy Brick said...

Chuck Swindoll is also a very good writer, Barbara.

I have a theory that people who are very good speakers are not always as talented writers -- and vice versa. You're 'always' better at one, than the other. Chuck is one of the few people who breaks that 'rule;' he's good at both.

Hope you're settling in nicely into your new home. Thanks for continuing to hang out with me -- and taking the time to write. P.S. It's been raining off and on for the past week...and nearly all day today. What IS this wet stuff coming from the sky?!? :)

Take care, and best always to you.