Looking unto Jesus and not at the instruments, whatever they may be, which He employs to form the path He has appointed for us. Looking beyond people, beyond circumstances, beyond the thousand secondary causes, let us ascend to the first cause—His will. Let us ascend even to the source of His will—His love. Then our gratitude, without being lessened toward those who do good to us, will not stop at them. In the day of testing, under the most unexpected, the most inexplicable, the most overwhelming blow, we can say with the psalmist, “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it” (Ps. 39:9) And in our silence the heavenly voice will gently reply, “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know here-after” (John 13:7).
The first cause – His will. The source – His love. I had read in the Bible that perfect love would cast out all fear. I always thought I continued to fear because I didn’t love perfectly. Then I learned that I would never love perfectly in this life. The only perfect love was God’s. It isn’t our love that cast out all fear. It’s His. Because we know He loves us perfectly and that He is perfectly in control we can be confident that all things are working for our good.
“Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on thy head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace; behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.” William Cowper.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?" "Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?" For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36
Can We Pray? Sovereign and almighty God, I come to you. I bring with me every present issue in my life. In this place I want to find You and know Your hand upon me. I profess that You know all things. You know what You are doing. You are leading me. Now Father, let me follow the Shepherd’s voice, let Jesus ever go before me and always come behind. Find me declaring “Thou knowest all things.” And You know what is best for me, only let me live in surrendered obedience to Your will. In Jesus Name