Thursday, 6 October 2016


Bearing All With Resignation To God’s Will

“We must bear our daily afflictions with submission to His will; we are bid to expect trouble in the flesh, something or other happens every day that grieves us, something in our relations, something in our callings, events concerning ourselves, our families or friends, that are matter of sorrow: perhaps we have every day some bodily pain or sickness: or, some cross and disappointment in our affairs; now in these we must wait upon God. Christ requires it of all His disciples, that they take up their cross daily (Matt 16:24). We must not willfully pluck the cross down upon us, but we must take it up when God lays it in our way, and not go a step out of the way of duty either to it, or to miss it. It is not enough to bear the cross, but we must take it up, we must accommodate ourselves to it, and acquiesce in the will of God in it. Not, this is an evil, and I must bear it, because I cannot help it; but this is an evil, and I will bear it, because it is the will of God.

We must see every affliction allotted us by our heavenly Father, and in it we must eye His correcting hand, and therefore must wait on Him to know the cause wherefore He contends with us, what the fault is for which we are in this affliction chastened: what the distemper is to be by this affliction cured, that we may answer God’s end in afflicting us, and so we may be made partakers of His holiness. We must attend the motions of providence, keep our eye upon our Father when he frowns, that we may discover what His mind is, and what the obedience is we are to learn, by the things that we suffer. We must wait upon God for support under our burdens; must put ourselves into, and stay ourselves upon the everlasting arms, which are laid under the children of God to sustain them, when the rod of God is upon them. And Him we must attend for deliverance; must not seek to extricate ourselves by any sinful indirect methods, nor look to creatures for relief, but still wait on the Lord, until that He have mercy on us; well content to bear the burden until God ease us of it, and ease us in mercy (Psa. 123:2). If the affliction be lengthened out, yet we must wait upon the Lord, even when He hides His face (Isa. 8:17), hoping it is but in a little wrath, and for a small moment (Isa. 54:7, 8).”

“We must expect the tidings and events of every day, with a cheerful and entire resignation to the divine providence. While we are in this world, we are still expecting, hoping well, fearing ill: we know not what a day or a night, or an hour will bring forth (Prov. 27:1), but it is big with something, and we are too apt to spend our thoughts in vain about things future, which happens quite differently from what we imagines. Now in all our prospects we must wait upon God. Are we in hope of good tidings, a good issue? Let us wait on God as the giver of the good we hope for, and be ready to take it from His hand; and to meet Him with suitable affections then when he is coming toward us in a way of mercy. Whatever good we hope for, it is God alone, and His wisdom, power, and goodness that we must hope in. And therefore our hopes must be humble and modest, and regulated by His will; what God has promised us, we may with assurance promise ourselves, and no more. If thus we wait on God in our hopes, should the hope be deferred, it would not make the heart sick, no not if it should be disappointed, for the God we wait on, will over-rule all for the best; but when the desire comes, in prosecution of which we have thus waited on god, we may see it coming from His love, and it will be a tree of life (Prov. 13:12).”

-Matthew Henry from A Method For Prayer  Expositor, Commentator, Minister  1662-1714; Published by Christian Focus Publications  Scotland  2007

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