(James W. Alexander, “Consolation” 1852)
“Affliction does not come forth from the dust–neither does trouble spring out of the ground.” Job 5:6
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” Ecclesiastes 7:14
The first law of true religion is submission to God’s will. Where it does not exist is no tranquility of soul.
When God means to make us happy, He teaches us submission–a resignation of everything into His hands, and an acknowledgment that whatever He does is wisest and best.
O how sweetly even afflictions fall, when there is such a temper to receive them! “Shall we accept good from God–and not trouble?” Job 2:10. Such a disposition tends to tranquility of soul; and even amidst trials, there is internal quiet.
“The Lord gave–and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
“He is the Lord–let Him do what is good in His eyes.” 1 Samuel 3:18
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
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(“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872)
“Certainly I will be with you!” Exodus 3:12
Then, Lord, I will go forward. I would not venture a step–if You did not accompany me; but if You are with me, then all is well.
With You I will go forth to my daily business in the world–for You will keep me amidst its temptations and snares;
and labor in Your vineyard–for You will make Your strength perfect in my weakness.
I will walk the thorny path of trial–for You will furnish me with shoes of iron and brass.
With You I will enter the field of conflict–for You will cover my head in the day of battle.
With You I will enter the chamber of pain and weakness–for You will make all my bed in my sickness;
and walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and will fear no evil–for Your rod and Your staff will comfort me.
With You I will enter the waters of Jordan–for You will bear me through, and land me on the shore of the heavenly Canaan.
“Surely I am with you always–even to the end of the age!” Matthew 28:20
“I will never leave you or forsake you!” Hebrews 13:5
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