Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
“All these things are against me.” Genesis 42:36
“All things work together for good to them that love God.”
Many people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? The other day we passed the great works where the trolley engines are supplied with electricity. We hear the hum and roar of the countless wheels, and we asked our friend, “How do they make the power?”
“Why,” he said, “just by the revolution of those wheels and the friction they produce. The rubbing creates the electric current.”
And so, when God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by hard rubbing. Some do not like it and try to run away from the pressure, instead of getting the power and using it to rise above the painful causes.
Opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and react, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation, she pursues her even orbit around her solar center.
So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force–we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem against us, but really are furthering our way and establishing our goings.
Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling. ~ A.B. Simpson.
In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,
Lifting, pushing, driving–but they do their work.
From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,
All things move together for the purpose planned;
And behind the working is a mind controlling,
And a force directing, and a guiding hand.
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So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;
Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;
Some might seem to hind; some might draw us backward;
But they work together, and they work for good,
All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,
All the contradictions, hard to understand.
And the forces that hold them, speeds them
and retards them,
Stops and starts and guides them–
is our Father’s hand.
~Annie Johnson Flint
Lord God, we thank you that all things work together for the good of those who love you. You do not abandon us during the trials and temptations that come our way. You gave us the supreme example in your Son Jesus Christ, who experienced greater griefs than we’ll ever know. You strengthened him and helped him complete his mission on this earth–to suffer and die for the sins of all mankind. You raised him from the dead and because of that Easter reality we have hope; we, too, can persevere, be made strong to face the challenges before us. Thank you Lord, for your ever guiding hand. In Jesus’ name we praise and give thanks, Amen.