Tag: Trials

If God ordains it

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“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

Upon some points, a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that an invisible hand is always on the world’s rudder. He also knows that wherever providence may drift–Jehovah steers it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything.

He knows that God is always wise, and knowing this he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes–that nothing can occur which ought not to occur.

He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose it, than have it–if God so wills. The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing which could befall me–if God ordains it!”

“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.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a mere theory, but he knows it as a certain fact. Everything has worked for good as yet. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results.

So believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil–the believer’s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes.

The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what You will, my God–as long as it comes from You. There has never come a bad portion from Your table, to any of Your children!”

by Charles Spurgeon

Anxious Care

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God —Philippians 4:6

Commit means to hand over, to trust wholly to another. So, if we give our trials to Him, He will carry them. If we walk in righteousness He will carry us through. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6).

There are two hands there-God’s hand pressing us down, humbling us, and then God’s hand lifting us up. [Cast] all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).

There are two cares in this verse-your care and His care. They are different in the original. One means anxious care, the other means Almighty care. Cast your anxious care on Him and take His Almighty care instead. No longer be overwhelmed by trouble, but believe God is able to sustain you through it. The government is on His shoulder. Believe that if you trust and obey Him and meet His will, He will look after your interests. Simply exchange burdens. Take His yoke upon you, and let Him care for you.

by A.B. Simpson