Should it be according to your mind?" Job 34:33
We are prone to be fretful, to complain of the
dispensations of Divine Providence, and to reflect harshly
upon the Lord's dealings with us.
We want our own way.
We wish to carve for ourselves.
We would be treated as God's favorites.
We want our ease, and prosperity, and pleasure, consulted
in all things. And if this does not appear to be done--if our
wills are crossed, if our schemes are
frustrated, if our purposes are broken off--then we
stumble, think ourselves badly treated, and look for everybody
to sympathize with us.
Under these circumstances, God comes to us--as we sit
among our broken cisterns, surrounded by our dethroned
idols--and puts this question to us: "Should it be according
to your mind?"
Are you wiser than God?
Are you kinder than God?
Are you holier than God?
Are you more just than God?
Are you better informed than God?
May not your mind be dark, or selfish, or foolish?
Should it then be according to your mind?
Should you reign--or God?
Remember that God acts in the highest wisdom; His motives
are grace and justice; and all His purposes are worthy of
The least the Christian can do is to submit--and to prefer
God's wisdom, way, and work--to his own. Seeing God has so
arranged all events, that all things must work together for
the good of His people--they, at least, should daily say,
"Father, may Your will be done!"
O my soul, seek grace from God, not only to submit and be
resigned to the dispensations of Divine Providence--but to
acquiesce in them, and be pleased with the whole of them! Your
good is consulted--your best interests are secured; and soon,
very soon, it will be seen that infinite wisdom and mercy,
grace and goodness, have marked out every step of your road!
"Jesus replied: You do not understand what I am now
doing--but someday you will." John 13:7
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan