All means all…

25 Jul

“All things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28

“Observe what he says. Make no exception when he makes none. All! Remember he excepts nothing. Be encouraged in your faith, give glory to God, and resolve with Job, ‘Though he slay me, yet I will trust in him.’ The Almighty may seem for a season to be your enemy, in order that he might 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!’ His glory is seen when he works by means; it is more seen when he works without means; it is seen, above all, when he works contrary to means. It was a great work to open the eyes of the blind; it was greater still to do it by applying clay and spittle; things more likely, some think to take away sight than to restore. He sent a horror of great darkness on Abraham as he was preparing to give him the best light. He touched the hollow of Jacob’s thing, and lamed him, when he was going to bless him. He smote Paul with blindness, when he was intending to open the eyes of his mind. He refused the request of the woman of Canaan for a while, but afterwards she obtained her desire. See, therefore, that all the paths of the Lord are mercy, and that all things work together for good to them that love him.” Daniel Rowlands

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