Sometimes in our pride, we think we know better than God. This is especially so in times of losses and crosses. We rarely deem them needful. If we are honest, we would all have to admit harboring secret resentment against he Lord for his more severe mercies. But as one man said, if I had the power of God there are many things regarding my lot that I would quickly change, but if I had His wisdom, I would leave my circumstance just as they are. The hardest lesson of the Christian life is surely to "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks. For this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." "For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things." The fingerprints of providence are everywhere, touching everything, overruling all the details of all our lives. For those of us in Christ Jesus, these hands are the Father's, and He is only, always, and forever at work in our lives for good. He does not willingly afflict the children of men, much less the children of God.

We cannot be in any place to so much advantage as where the call of duty leads. What we cannot avoid may we cheerfully submit to, and not indulge a vain thought that we could choose a better situation for ourselves (all things considered) than he has chosen for us...O that we may set Him always before us, and consider every dispensation, person, thing, we meet in the course of every day, as messengers from Him, each bringing us some line of instruction for us to copy into that day’s experience!...The Lord is not withdrawn to a great distance, but his eye is upon you, and he sees you not with the indifference of a mere spectator; but he observes with attention, he knows, he considers your path: yea, he appoints it, and every circumstance about it is under his direction. Your trouble began at the hour he saw best: it could not come before, and he has marked the degree of it to a hair’s breadth, and the duration to a minute. He knows likewise how your spirit is affected; and such supplies of grace and strength, and in such seasons as he sees needful, he will afford. So that when things appear darkest, you shall still be able to say, Though chastened, not killed. Therefore, hope in God, for you shall yet praise him.
— Newton, J., & Cecil, R. (1824). The Works of John Newton (Vol. 2, pp. 189–190). London: Hamilton, Adams & Co.

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