To Ponder:

“Affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground!” Job 5:6. “The LORD brings death, and makes alive; He brings down to the grave, and raises up.  The LORD sends poverty, and wealth; He humbles, and He exalts.” 1 Samuel 2:6-7. Affliction does not rise out of the dust or come to us by chance. It is the Lord who sends affliction, and we should own and reverence His hand in it. Let the people of God comfort themselves at all times by the doctrine of divine sovereignty. Amidst whatever befalls them, they should rest quietly and submissively in the bosom of God, considering that whatever comes to pass proceeds from the decree of their gracious Friend and reconciled Father, who knows what is best for them, and will make all things work together for their good. O what a sweet and pleasant life you would have under the heaviest pressures of affliction, and what heavenly serenity and tranquility of mind you would enjoy–if you would cheerfully acquiesce in the good will and pleasure of God, and embrace every dispensation, however sharp it may be, because it is determined and appointed for you by the eternal counsel of His will! (Thomas Boston)

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