This devotional challenges us to consider the providence of God. What is our reaction when circumstances in our lives go well and then turn bad? Reflect on these Scripture verses and then allow the Holy Spirit to refine, correct, or redefine our thoughts about God’s providence.
The true recipe for miserable existence is this:
(James W. Alexander, “Consolation” 1852)
“Affliction does not come forth from the dust–neither does trouble spring out of the ground.” Job 5:6
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” Ecclesiastes 7:14
The first law of true religion is submission to God’s will. Where it does not exist, there is no piety–and just as truly there is no tranquility of soul.
What a hideous sight to see a human creature in full rebellion against God’s providence . . .
repining at His allotments;
fighting against His dispensations;
and cursing His judgments!
The true recipe for miserable existence is this: Quarrel with Providence!
When God means to make us happy, He teaches us submission--a resignation of everything into His hands, and an acknowledgment that whatever He does is wisest and best.
O how sweetly even afflictions fall, when there is such a temper to receive them! “Shall we accept good from God–and not trouble?” Job 2:10. Such a disposition tends to tranquility of soul; and even amidst chastisement, there is internal quiet.
“The Lord gave–and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
“He is the Lord–let Him do what is good in His eyes.” 1 Samuel 3:18
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001