"It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good". (1 Sam. 3:18)
See God in everything, and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!" It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged; but if Christ, as Lord and Master of our life, is brought into our grief and gloom, "HE will compass us about with songs of deliverance." To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath, taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes toward us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessings they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts.--H. W. Smith.
I thought this was a good devotion. This line especially, "Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us." It can be difficult to be patient and loving when you are being annoyed by bad behavior (my mom) or someone is troubling you. I tend to struggle with these sins....spirit of bitterness, envy, and having a critical spirit at times. I tend to bruise easily emotionally. I need to let God be my barrier between me and the world. The bruises should be much less that way. It is usually because I don't see God in everything. "I" tend to get in the way sometimes and when that happens, it's very difficult to see past. It is my prayer to see God in everything. I am repenting of those sins and working diligently on carving those out of my heart. I am thinking on Philippians 4:8...When someone hurts me, I want to see God in it. When someone does something ungodly, I want to see God in it. When someone puts me down, I want to see God in it. I don't know how to fully do that, but I'm working on it...