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Monday, January 03, 2011

Perplexity

The following is from the message Perplexity, by James Smith preached in 1865.

"God will do just as He pleases with His own children. He has the right--and He will exercise it. He will often . . .

cross our wills,
hedge up our paths,
cut off our expectations, and
give us wormwood and gall to drink!

And why?  Because He loves to cause us pain--or takes pleasure in our sighs and sorrows?  No!  Oh, no! But because He consults our welfare.  Because He is wiser than we are!

Why am I poor--and my brother rich?
Why am I sick--and my sister healthy?
Why are my efforts crossed--and my neighbor's crowned with success?

How difficult to say sometimes, Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him!  How difficult to believe that this rough road is the right road, which leads to the celestial city.

Our Father wisely appoints the circumstances and lot of every one of His children.  He has mapped out the path in which they are to travel. He has appointed their bounds, which they cannot pass.  He does whatever He pleases.  He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me.

We must not murmur, we must not complain--but patiently follow wherever the Lord leads, and quietly bear whatever He lays on us.  Patience must calm the spirit, quiet the heart, and close the mouth.  Then shall we say with the Psalmist, I was dumb, I opened not my mouth, because thou didst it!

Had it been man--it might have been wrong.
Had it been chance--it might have been injurious.
But it was You--and, therefore, it must be wise, holy, and kind.

We are required quietly to persevere--though the way is rugged, though the thorns pierce our feet, though we cannot see one step before us!  We must walk by faith, not by sight, believing . . .

that we are safe--in the midst of danger;
that we are right--though everything is perplexing;
and that all will end well--for we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28"
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