Everything is necessary — Nothing is necessary

(John Newton)

Everything is necessary, which God sends.

Nothing is necessary, which God withholds.

How happy are those . . .
  who can resign all to Him,
  who see His hand in every trying dispensation, and
  who believe that He chooses better for them — than they could possibly choose for themselves!

Faithful are the wounds of that Friend who was Himself wounded and slain for us, and who now reigns over all!

Christ is sovereign over all of our trials.

He is the Supreme Disposer of all that concerns us, that He . . .
  numbers the very hairs of our heads,
  appoints every trial we meet with — in number, weight, and measure,
  and will allow nothing to befall us, but what shall contribute to our good.

The view of trials as a necessary medicine suited to our disease — powerfully reconciles us unto every cross.

What a comfort to be assured that our afflictions do not happen to us at random — but are all under the direction of infinite wisdom and love, and all engaged to work together for good to those who love the Lord!

"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