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This Trying Providence

April 5, 2011

“I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me” (Psalm 119:75).

Devotional The mark of a vigorous love to God is when the soul justifies God in all his wise and gracious dealings with it—when it does not rebel, does not murmur, does not complain, but rather meekly and silently acquiesces in God’s providences, be they ever so trying. Divine love in the heart, deepening and expanding towards that God from whence it springs, will, in the hour of trial, exclaim, “My God has smitten me, but he is still my God, faithful and loving. My Father has chastened me sorely, but he is still my Father, tender and kind. This trying providence originated in love. It speaks with the voice of love. It bears with it the message of love. And it is sent to draw my heart closer and yet closer to the God of love, from whom it came.” Dear reader, are you one of the Lord’s afflicted ones? Happy are you if this is the holy and blessed result of his dealings with you. Happy are you if you hear the voice of love in the rod, winning your lonely and sorrowful heart to the God from whom it came.

Taken from Daily Walking with God at the website of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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