will stand, and I will do all that
I please." Isaiah 46:10
Nothing is so calming and comforting to the
Christian pilgrim, as the assurance of Divine
Guidance in every, even the most minute
circumstances which befall him.
Without this perception of his heavenly Father's
care, a thousand intricacies must beset his path.
He must be staggered at almost every step. But
when he beholds, by faith—the unerring hand of
infinite wisdom, wielding the stupendous machine
of human events—causing everything to promote
the spiritual good of His people—then he quiets
himself as a little child, and can say with cheerful
resignation, "Father, not my will, but yours be done."
In such a world of change and trial, how inestimable
is a calm reliance on the wisdom, power, and love of
God. It fully compensates for the lack of temporal
ease and wealth. If, without our heavenly Father,
not even a sparrow can fall to the ground; if the
very hairs of our head are all numbered—how
composed should we be.
The reins of universal nature are in the hands of
Infinite Love! This vast complex machine is guided
by Infinite Wisdom and Power! The Almighty Ruler
of the sky cannot be taken by surprise. Nothing
unforeseen can happen to cross His purposes or
thwart His designs. All worlds are open to His view.
If this Great and Glorious Being is our Father and
our Friend—then our privilege is to rejoice at all
times, and in everything to give thanks. How
consoling and encouraging is the assurance that
the blessed Redeemer of my soul, is the Great
Sovereign of the Universe! Without His permission
nothing can happen in the vast dominion over which
He sways His scepter! To His will every creature
must bow—either in willing obedience, or in just
and endless punishment!
"Lord, be pleased to impart unto me, your unworthy
servant, this spirit of confidence in You. May I see
Your hand in all the events of life—ordering the
the minor, as well as in the greater movements of
Your Providence. This watching and waiting for the
manifestations of Your guardian care—will fill me
with thankfulness for all my mercies, and make
me patient under all my trials."
"My times are in Your hands." Psalm 31:15