Friday, October 14, 2016

Submit Cheerfully

Stillness and silence befits us, when God lifts up His arm to afflict us.   It is of little use at such times to struggle against His almighty power to be restless and complaining when His heavy hand is laid upon us. Our wisdom is to bear the burden which oppresses us with patience, to submit cheerfully to the will of God, and to kiss the painful rod which scourges us.

We should remember that our Father does not afflict His children willingly, that is, for His own pleasure but for their profit. He loves them; and when He punishes them, it is for their discipline, and to make them what He would have them to be partakers of His holiness.

We should look at our afflictions in this light and not let a murmur escape our lips!  It is often our duty, in the hour of trial or of difficulty, to be still, to lie passive in God's hands, "to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord."

[Ashton Oxenden]

1 Samuel 3:18 ... And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

Lamentations 3:26 ... It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Psalm 46:10 ... Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.❤