Romans 8:28, “We know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Make no exception, when Paul makes none. ALL! Remember Paul excepts nothing. Give glory to God, and resolve with Job, “Though He slays me–yet will I trust in Him.” The Almighty may seem for a season to be your enemy, in order that he may become your eternal friend.
Oh! Believers, after all your tribulation and anguish, you must conclude with David, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes.” Under all your disquietudes you must exclaim, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!”
Even affliction is very useful and profitable to the godly!
The prodigal son had no thought of returning to his father’s house until he had been humbled by adversity. Hagar was haughty under Abraham’s roof, and despised her mistress; but in the wilderness she was meek and lowly. Jonah sleeps on board ship; but in the whale’s belly he watches and prays. Manasseh lived as a libertine at Jerusalem, and committed the most enormous crimes; but when he was bound in chains in the prison at Babylon his heart was turned to seek the Lord his God.
Bodily pain and disease have been instrumental in rousing many to seek Christ, when those who were in good health have given themselves no concern about Him. The ground which is not rent and torn with the plough, bears nothing but thistles and thorns. The vines will run wild in process of time, if they are not pruned and trimmed. So would our wild hearts be overrun with filthy, poisonous weeds–if the true Vine-dresser did not often check their growth by crosses and sanctified troubles.
See, therefore, that all the paths of the Lord are mercy, and that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love Him.