“Reader, if God has given you His only begotten Son, beware of doubting His kindness and love, in any painful providence of your daily life! Never allow yourself to think hard thoughts of God. Never suppose that He can give you anything which is not really for your good. Remember the words of Paul: ‘He who spared not His own Son—but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things’ (Romans 8:32).
See in every sorrow and trouble of your earthly pilgrimage the hand of Him who gave Christ to die for your sins! That hand can never smite you except in love! He who gave His only begotten Son for you, will never withhold anything from you which is really for your good. Lean back on this thought and be content. Say to yourself in the darkest hour of trial, ‘This also is ordered by Him who gave Christ to die for my sins. It cannot be wrong. It is done in love. It must be well.’"
-JC Ryle (thanks to girl talk )
i love how he says "lean back on this thought and be content"... we can rest and relax on these truths, even in the midst of the most painful hardship.
this quote reminded me of a really good point from my pastor's sermon on sunday. he pointed out that the times we are most likely to doubt God's love is in the midst of a trial, and that is why paul wrote these words to fight that lie:
"who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger or sword? ... no, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." romans 8:35, 37
that is why i am meditating on and memorizing these verses this week... i need it to penetrate my soul, because i often do doubt his love when going through a painful trial.