Drinking bitter cups!
(Octavius Winslow, "Morning Thoughts")
"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
All things under the government of an infinitely great, all wise, righteous, and beneficent God, work together for good.
What that good may be, the shape it may assume, the complexion it may wear, the end to which it may be subservient, we cannot tell.
To our dim view it may appear an evil, but to God's far seeing eye it is a positive good.
His glory is secured by it, and that end accomplished, we are sure it must be good.
Oh truth most divine!
Oh words most consolatory!
How many whose eye traces this page, it may be whose tears bedew it, whose sighs breathe over it, whose prayers hallow it, may be wading indeep waters, may be drinking bitter cups, and are ready to exclaim, "All these things are against me!"
Oh no, beloved of God, all these things are for you!
"The Lord sits upon the flood."
"The voice of the Lord is upon the waters."
"He makes the clouds His chariot."
Be not then afraid.
Calmly stay your faith on this divinely assured truth, that "all things work together for good to those who love God."
Will it not be a good, if your present adversity results . . .
in the dethronement of some worshiped idol;
in the endearing of Christ to your soul;
in the closer conformity of your mind to God's image;
in the purification of your heart;
in your more thorough fitness for heaven;
in a revival of God's work within you;
in stirring you up to more prayer?
Oh yes! good, real good, permanent good must result from all the Divine dispensations in your history.
Bitter repentance shall end in the experienced sweetness of Christ's love.
The festering wound shall but elicit the healing balm.
The overpowering burden shall but bring you to the tranquil rest.
The storm shall but quicken your footsteps to the 'hiding place'.
In a little while, oh, how soon! you shall pass away from earth to heaven, and in its clearer, serener light shall read the truth, often read with tears before, "All things work together for good to those who love God."