Excerpt From A Letter Written By John Newton On January 12, 1763

Excerpt From A Letter Written By John Newton On January 12, 1763

 

“But we have not yet attained; we still feel the infirmities of a fallen nature: through the remains of ignorance and unbelief, we often mistake the Lord’s dealings with us, and are ready to complain, when, if we knew all, we would rather rejoice. But to us likewise there is a time coming, when our warfare shall be accomplished, our views enlarged, and our light increased: then with what transports of adoration and love shall we look back upon the way by which the Lord led us! We shall then see and acknowledge, that mercy and goodness directed every step; we shall see, that what our ignorance once called adversities and evils, were in reality blessings, which we could not have done well without: that nothing befell us without a cause that no trouble came upon us sooner, or pressed us more heavily, or continued longer, than our cafe required: in a word, that our many afflictions were each in their place among the means employed by divine grace and wisdom, to bring us to the possession of that exceeding and eternal weight of glory, which the Lord has prepared for his people. And, even in this imperfect state, though we are seldom able to judge aright of our present circumstances, yet if we look – upon the years of our past life, and compare the dispensations we have been brought – through, with the frame of our minds under each successive period; if we consider how wonderfully one thing has been connected with another; so that what we now number amongst our greatest advantages, perhaps, took their first rise from incidents which we thought hardly worth our notice: and that we have sometimes escaped the greatest dangers that threatened us, not by any wisdom or foresight of our own, but by the intervention of circumstances which we neither desired or thought of—I say, when we compare and consider these things by the light afforded us in the holy Scripture, we may collect indisputable proof, from the narrow circle of our own concerns, that the wise and good providence of God watches over his people from the earliest moment of their life, overrules and guards them through all their wanderings in a state of ignorance, leads them in a way that they know not, till at length his providence and grace concur in those events and impressions, which bring them to the knowledge of Him and themselves.”–John Newton

All Things Obey God By Anonymous

All Things Obey God By Anonymous

“He saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth. Job 37:6”

God’s works are very great, but still
His hands do not appear:
Though heaven and earth obey His will,
His voice we cannot hear.

And yet we know that it is He
Who moves and governs all,
Who stills the raging of the sea,
And makes the showers fall.

Alike in mercy He bestows
The sunshine and the rain;
That which is best for us He knows,
And we must not complain.

Whether He makes His winds to blow,
And gives His tempests birth,
Or sends His frost, or bids the snow,
“Be thou upon the earth.”