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.