Tag: All Things

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

The Universal Principle!

Grace Gemsby George Everard

The Right Principle!” 1866

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do–do it all for the glory of God!” 1 Corinthians 10:31

This same principle is applicable in all common actions and every day affairs. No single moment of our lives, no single action–ought to be taken outside of the sphere of this rule.

Our rising up and lying down, the disposal of our time, the spending of our money, our social gatherings, our conversations, our recreations, the way of conducting the affairs of our household, the books we read, buying and selling, business transactions of various kinds–all these, and a multitude of other suchlike matters, are all to be ordered under the daily guidance of this same principle. We are to do all to glorify Him who is . . . our Creator, our Savior our Preserver, our most loving Father.

Reader, beware of neglecting to exercise this universal principle in little things. Great occasions for serving God occur but seldom; lesser ones arise every moment. Little things are not to be despised. “He who despises little things, shall fall little by little.” Little omissions of duty, little acts of disobedience, as they may seem to us–may prove a great hindrance along our path. A few grains of dust, or a small insect in the eye, will often cause great pain and annoyance. A little stone in a horse’s foot will make it stumble again and again.

The Christian will find much the same thing from the indulgence of apparently trivial sins. They will . . . harass the mind, destroy the peace and comfort which he might enjoy, prove a stumbling-block to him as he endeavors to run the heavenly race.

by George Everard