by J.C. Ryle
“He has done all things well!” Mark 7:37
The truth of these words is full of deep and unspeakable comfort, and ought to be daily remembered by all true Christians.
Let us remember it as we look back over the days past of our lives, from the hour of our conversion. In the first bringing us out of darkness into marvelous light–in humbling us and teaching us our weakness, guilt, and folly–in stripping us of our idols, and choosing all our portions–in placing us where we are, and giving us what we have–how well everything has been done! How great is the mercy that we have not had our own way! “He has done all things well!”
Let us remember it as we look forward to the days yet to come. We know not what they may be–bright or dark, many or few. But we know that we are in the hands of Him who does all things well. He will not err in any of His dealings with us. He will take away and give–He will afflict and bereave–He will move and He will settle–with perfect wisdom, at the right time, in the right way! The great Shepherd of the sheep makes no mistakes! He leads every lamb of His flock by the right way to the city of habitation. “He has done all things well!”
We shall never see the full beauty of these words until the resurrection morning. We shall then look back over our lives, and know the meaning of everything that happened from first to last. We shall remember all the way by which we were led, and confess that all was “well done.” The why and the wherefore, the causes and the reasons of everything which now perplexes us–will then be as clear and plain as the sun at noon-day. We shall wonder at our own past blindness, and marvel that we could ever have doubted our Lord’s love. Truly, “He has done all things well!”
“Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Now we know in part, but then shall we know even as we are known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
by J.C. Ryle