The Purposes of God’s Plan

Sunday, December 7, 2003  5:30

Dear Diary,

Do you trust God so explicitly that you receive “all” as from His hand?  If you are a child of God, not one single thing can happen to you unless it is first sifted through the loving hands of God.  God is good and His mercies endure forever.  If everything were perfect all the time why would we need to trust God?  Each of us will go through heartache, affliction, and sorrow.  David wrote, “It is good that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statues” (Psalm 119:71).  Affliction draws us closer to God.  Job said, “Shall we receive only good from the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil” (Job 2:10).  Just as a father corrects his children, so God corrects His children “through oppression, affliction and sorrow” (Psalm 107:39).  “If we receive so much good for our bodies should we not receive some good for our soul, which may come in the form of affliction, ‘By which we are partaker’s of God’s holiness’ ” (Hebrews 12:10, Matthew Henry).

Thought for Today:  “All” is of God’s hand.

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