(Arthur Pink, “The Sovereignty of God”)
Too wise to err–and too loving to be unkind!
Because God is righteous–His judgments fall upon those who rebel against Him.
Because God is faithful–the solemn threatenings of His Word are fulfilled.
Because God is omnipotent–none can successfully resist Him, still less overthrow His counsel.
Because God is omniscient–no problem can master Him, and no difficulty baffle His wisdom.
Faith endures “as seeing Him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27) Faith endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life–by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err–and too loving to be unkind.
So long as we are occupied with any other object than God Himself–there will be neither rest for the heart, nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand–then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings–whether in a hovel, a prison-dungeon, or a martyr’s stake–we shall be enabled to say, “The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places!” (Psalm 16:6). But that is the language of faith–not of sight or of sense.
There is no higher aspect of faith, than that which brings the heart to patiently submit unto whatever God sends unto us; to meekly acquiesce unto His sovereign will; and to say, “Shall I not drink the cup of suffering which my Father has given me?” Faith when it reaches the pinnacle of attainment declares, “though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him!”
“Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine!” Luke 22:42
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001