Tag: All Things Work Together for Good

Yet it is a profitable loss!

Grace Gems Whiteby Thomas Charles

The Benefits of Affliction” 1838

“God disciplines us for our profit, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11

Inasmuch as God has assured us that He causes all things to work together for our good–patience and resignation to the divine will in all things, is our duty. In His good time He may allow us to see such wisdom and goodness in all of our circumstances, as to fill our hearts with transports of joy. To follow Him is our part–without murmuring or complaining.

Nothing befalls us without a cause–no trouble comes upon us sooner, or presses more heavily, or continues longer–than what God knows that our case requires. What our short-sighted ignorance calls adversities or evils–are in reality and truth, well-designed and gracious blessings, and form a part of the means employed by God’s goodness and grace, to prepare us for the exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Away then with all impatience and all murmurings!

All our desire in this world, should be to live holily and live usefully–and affliction, by the blessing of God, has great influence in promoting both. Sanctified affliction greatly promotes holiness, and is also a great preparative for usefulness. It is working out at the same time a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory in the eternal world. God always chastens us, for our profit. Though we may thereby lose earthly comforts, ease and enjoyments–yet it is a profitable loss. What we lose in these things–we gain in holiness. It is for our profit, to become partakers of His holiness.

“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!” Romans 8:28

by Thomas Charles

He Weighs All Things

John Newtonby John Newton

Letters of John Newton

“Affliction does not come from the dust–nor does trouble spring from the ground.” Job 5:6

“I was silent; I would not open my mouth–for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9

I trust that your sickness will work for good–because the Lord has sent it. We are sure that He does not afflict His children without a need be. He does all things well.

He weighs the mountains in the scales, and the hills in a balance. He likewise weighs, measures, and proportions our trials to our strength and our malady–with greater accuracy than the most skillful earthly physician can prescribe his medicines.

No trial comes sooner, or falls heavier, or lasts longer–than the necessity of the case requires. He knows our frame, and remembers that we are but dust. He will lay no more upon us than He will enable us to bear.

Like as a father pities his children–so the Lord pities His redeemed children. His love is perfect, and He will not withhold whatever He sees is necessary to promote our best welfare–however painful and displeasing it may be to the flesh. Earthly parents often, through a weak and mistaken tenderness–spare their children, to their hurt. But as God supplies His children with food–so they must take His medicines, however distasteful, when He sees they would not be so well without them.

My good friend, be willing that the Lord should carry on His work in His own way–and do not prescribe to Him how He shall deal with you.

All shall work together for good. Everything is needful–that He sends. Nothing can be needful–that He withholds.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your Word.” Psalm 119:67

“It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn Your decrees.” Psalm 119:71

“I know, O LORD, that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75

by John Newton