“‘I will … perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says the LORD, ‘thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’ Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me…. I will bring you back from your captivity.” Jeremiah 29:10-14
“The word of the LORD is right…. He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:4, 9
If it were so light a matter to rely on the faithfulness of God in times of distress, what need would there be of so many and various promises? If our faith is right, we must wait on His timing with patience, which certainly is not an easy task, since the promise of the Lord often tarries, and sometimes His providence seems to oppose His word.
On such occasions, we must remember that these are the very ways and methods of God, unsearchable by human penetration — yet always consistent and just and worthy of the Divine nature.
The wisdom of God chooses first to help us inwardly by exercising faith and patience, and so prepares us for right use of His outward dispensations — both the pleasing and the apparently severe. Thus we receive a double blessing at once from His hands. Whatever God does or sends is a blessing to His child.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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