“Whatever may be the grievous circumstances in which I am placed, or the injustice of others from which I am suffering, if my God says, ‘Fear not,’ I ought surely to be brave and strong. If we can only get firmly fixed in our hearts the truth that the Lord’s hand is in everything that happens to us, we have found a balm for all our woes, a remedy for all our own ills. When friends fail us and grow cold, when enemies triumph and grow confident, when the smooth pathway upon which we have been traveling suddenly becomes rough, stony, and steep, we are apt to look askance at the visible second causes and forget that our God has foreseen every trial, permitted every annoyance, and authorized each item of discipline with this set purpose, ‘The Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.’ Oh, heart of mine, what is your response to this demand? Do you not love Him enough to endure any test to prove it?
“I remember once reading words to this effect: that the moment we come into an trial or difficulty, our first thought should not be how soon we can escape from it or how we may lessen the pain we shall suffer from it, but how we can best glorify God in it and most quickly learn the lesson that He desires to teach us from it. Had we grace and faith enough to do this, all our trials and troubles would be but as so many steps by which we should climb to the mountaintop of continual fellowship and peace with God. The soul that has learned the blessed secret of seeing God’s hand in all that concerns it cannot be a prey to fear; it looks beyond all second causes straight into the heart and will of God and rests content because He rules.”