See by the eye of faith

(J.C. Philpot, “Meditations on Ephesians”)

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“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything!” Ephesians 1:22

How vast, how numerous, how complicated are the various events and circumstances which attend the Christian here below, as he travels onward to his heavenly home!

But if all things are put under Jesus’ feet, there cannot be a single circumstance over which He has not supreme control. Everything in providence and everything in grace is alike subject to His disposal. There is not . . .
a trial,
a temptation,
an affliction of body or soul,
a loss,
a cross,
a painful bereavement,
a vexation,
a grief,
a disappointment,
a case, state or condition,
which is not put under Jesus’ feet.

He has sovereign, supreme disposal over all events and circumstances;
as possessed of infinite knowledge He sees them;
as possessed of infinite wisdom He can manage them; and
as possessed of infinite power He can dispose and direct them for our good and His own glory.

How much trouble and anxiety would we save ourselves, could we firmly believe, realize, and act on this!

If we could see by the eye of faith that . . .
every foe and every fear,see by the eye of faith
and every difficulty and perplexity,
every trying or painful circumstance,
and every looked for or unlooked-for event,
every source of care, whether at present or in prospect,
all are at His sovereign disposal–what a load of anxiety and care would be often taken off our shoulders!

“My times are in Your hands!” Psalm 31:15

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