(John MacDuff, "The Night Watches")
"The Lord does whatever pleases Him, throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths." Psalm 135:6
How blessed that elementary truth: "The Lord reigns!"
To know that there is no chance or accident with God; that He decrees . . .
the fall of a sparrow;
the destruction of an atom;
the annihilation of a world!
The Almighty is not like Baal, "asleep." "He who keeps Israel" can never for a moment "slumber."
Man proposes — but God disposes.
"You, Lord have done it," is the history of every event, past, present and to come.
His purposes none can change.
His counsels none can resist.
Believer, how cheering to know that all that befalls you is thus ordered in the eternal purpose of a Covenant God! Every minute circumstance of your lot; appointing the bounds of your habitation; meting out every drop in the cup of life; arranging what by you is called its "vicissitudes;" decreeing all its trials; and at last, as the great Proprietor of life, revoking the lease of existence when its allotted term has expired!
How it should keep the mind from its guilty proneness to brood and fret oversecond causes, were this grand but simple truth ever realized — that all that befalls us are integral parts in a stupendous plan of wisdom; that there is no crossing or thwarting the designs and dealings of God.
"He does all things well!"
"Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him." Psalm 115:3