Spurgeon, "Multitudinous Thoughts and Sacred Comforts"
Remember that your way is ordered by a
higher power than your will and choice.
The eternal destiny of God has fixed your
every footstep. Believe that wisdom, not
blind fate, but God's wisdom, has ordained
the bounds of your life, and fixed your
position and your condition so definitely
that no fretfulness of yours can change
it for the better.
In the decree of God, all your history is fixed,
so as to secure his glory and your soul's profit.
Your present sorrow is the bitter bud of
greater joy. Your transient loss secures
your ultimate and never ceasing gain.
How I rejoice to believe that the Lord
shall choose my inheritance for me!
All things are fixed by my Father's hand,
by no arbitrary and stern decree, but by
his wise counsel and tender wisdom. He
who loved us from before the foundations
of the world, has immutably determined
all the steps of our pilgrimage!
Why then, should you worry yourself?
There is a hand upon the helm which shall
steer your vessel safely enough between
the rocks, and by the quicksands, and away
from the shoals and the headlands, through
the mist, and through the darkness, safely
to the desired haven.
Our Pilot never sleeps, and his
hand never relaxes its grasp.
It is a blessed thing, after you have been
muddling and meddling as you ought not to do
with the affairs of providence, to leave them
alone and cast your burden upon the Lord.
I charge you, therefore, children of God, in
times of dilemma, to roll your burdens upon
God, and he will sustain you, and make you to
rejoice in beholding his wisdom and his love.