“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
Upon some points, a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that an invisible hand is always on the world’s rudder. He also knows that wherever providence may drift — Jehovah steers it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything.
He knows that God is always wise, and knowing this he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes — that nothing can occur which ought not to occur.
He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose it, than have it — if God so wills. The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing which could befall me — if God ordains it.
“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.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a mere theory, but he knows it as a certain fact. Everything has worked for good as yet. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results.
So believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil — the believer’s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes.
The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what You will, my God — as long as it comes from You. There has never come a bad portion from Your table, to any of Your children.”
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) is one of the most widely read preachers in history and is known by many as the Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon was pastor of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London. His works are now in the public domain.